Our Friday Reads: June 26

Our Friday Reads: June 26

Here are the Bookish staff’s personal weekend reading recommendations; have you read any of them? Tell us in the comments what you’ll be reading this weekend! If you’re still looking for some inspiration, check out our Summer Previews.

You Deserve Nothing

One of my best friends from college recommended this book to me years ago, and more or less forced me to buy a copy at the Strand (hi, Liz!). I’m definitely not sorry she did. There’s some gloomy French existentialism going on in this book that I’m really enjoying. —Elizabeth


The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

I actually just finished this on the train this morning. It’s a fast read but also a thought-provoking one. I think other readers may appreciate this title more than I did, for no reasons other than personal taste. What I most enjoyed were the illustrations, especially those of that very evil and unruly beard that turns a normal and organized town into a place of chaos. —Kelly


Pirate Hunters

I couldn’t put down Robert Kurson’s Shadow Divers, which came out in 2004. This new title follows in the same footsteps: two men out to solve an undersea mystery. John Chatterton and John Mattera risk everything in their search for the Golden Fleece, a pirate ship lost beneath the sea that once belonged to the infamous Joseph Bannister. —Bob


I picked this up really because I just liked the cover. It’s one of those wandering books where, well, nothing really happens. It’s fun to read in the summer since it feels a bit lazy. It does seem like something baaaaad is going to happen though. —Luke


The Green Road

I’m halfway through Anne Enright’s The Green Road and it’s magnificent. Every word doing work, with sentences of subtle music but language at the same time always in the service of story and character. The novel’s people and ambitiously varied settings—rural Ireland, Africa, New York City—are evoked with such authenticity you forget you’re reading fiction and experience that rare immersion where you begin instinctively believing these people, these members of an Irish family, are in the world, and could even be visited. Since I’m currently living five miles from the actual green road, in north County Clare, near where Enright spent time in 2011, I’ve been experiencing the odd sensation that I might run into one of the characters while out hiking. Bracingly real dialogue, deep sophistication of structure and voice (reminding me, in its viewpoint architecture conjuring family complexity, of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury), and a foundation of earthy boldness that feels straight from the author’s heart. —Phil

Poisoned Apples

This book really impressed me. It’s a collection of poems inspired by fairy tales, but the twist is that the poems also feature modern girls and women. The poems travel from puberty to adulthood and follow many of the harmful experiences that women encounter from eating disorders, to abuse, to everyday sexism told through a fairy tale lens. Kirkus named it one of the best books of 2014, and I completely understand why: It’s fantastic. —Kelly

Invasion of Privacy

FBI agent Joe Grant was killed in the field, but the story the FBI gives his wife Mary doesn’t add up. Her journey to uncover the truth brings her closer and closer to a conspiracy involving some of the most dangerous and powerful men in America. What’s most intriguing to me about this story is the exploration of cutting-edge surveillance technology and its relevance to our world today. —Bob







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