Weekend Reading

Erin Kodicek on January 13, 2017
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SchuttIn this edition of Weekend Reading, people who eat people, poetry, and a quartet of seasonal stories by "Scotland's Nobel laureate-in-waiting."

Jon Foro: Geez, you produce four articles about people getting eaten over the years, and all of a sudden your coworkers are calling you “the cannibal guy” and expecting you to look at every book that comes down the pike where someone or something is consuming unsanctioned meat. Well, OK then. Fortunately, Bill Schutt’s Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History is a perfectly legitimate and not-at-all-off-putting examination of the phenomenon wherever it’s found, from insects to fish to bears and, yeah, humans. I do it in the name of science.

Adrian Liang: I’m going to curl up with Kristan Higgins’ new book, On Second Thought, This contemporary novel centers on two sisters dealing with broken romances and who build a better relationship between themselves as they heal their hearts. Higgins always does a great job pulling the heartstrings, and I hope this one is just as emotionally poignant. Plus I’m going to start The Princess Saves Herself in This One, a collection of poetry by Amanda Lovelace about “writing your own ending.” It sounds like the perfect gift to give yourself on Valentine’s Day, whether there’s a prince or princess in your life or you’re out there slaying dragons solo.

Sarah Harrison Smith: Rather than trying to escape the cold and dark of winter, I’m going to really immerse myself in the qualities of the season by reading The Evenings: A Winter’s Tale, out this month, in its first English translation, from the small British publisher, Pushkin Press. Gerard Reve, who was Dutch, wrote this novel in 1946, and it’s embued with a grim but oddly hilarious postwar, suburban ennui. If you, like the book’s 23-year-old protagonist, were ever stuck living unhappily with annoying parents, working a seemingly pointless job, but all the while enjoying a very animated internal life, then 'The Evenings,' which is being heralded as a lost masterpiece, might be a great January read for you.

Erin Kodicek: Yes, there will be winter, spring, and summer offerings as well, to round out Ali Smith's quartet of distinct but related stories, the first of which is--obviously--Autumn. The description of this novel/s is a bit murky to me--a meditation on life, love, aging...(yawn). However! Ali Smith is a fantastic writer, and a colleague who is almost finished with Autumn said it's entrancing and beautiful--so much so that's she's slowed her reading pace because she doesn't want it to end. Can't wait to dig in.

Seira Wilson: This weekend I’m going to spend some time with The Pho Cookbook trying my hand at some tasty noodle soups and A Meatloaf in Every Oven, a cookbook that pays homage to this classic comfort food through anecdotes and recipes. I’m also going to devote some reading hours to a few YA books, including The Valiant--female gladiators! Need I say more?   

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