What We’re Reading: April 22

What We’re Reading: April 22

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 Spring Previews for a look at the best books of the season.

The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

This book tells the history of information, which might sound a little strange, but is actually incredibly cool. I’m only a couple of chapters in, but I’ve been pleased to encounter some familiar faces like Alan Turing, who made an appearance in the book I read a few weeks ago about artificial intelligence and the Turing test. I’m excited to see where this book takes me next. —Elizabeth

A Court of Thorns and Roses

In preparation for the sequel (A Court of Mist and Fury), I decided to revisit this magical world inspired by “Beauty and the Beast” and fairy folklore. Even on a second read, I fell completely under this story’s spell. It was just as dark, romantic, and thrilling as the first time around. I can be picky when it comes to fairy tale retellings, but this retains just enough of the mythology to hook you and then fills in the gaps with brilliant originality. It’s no secret to Bookish readers that I’m a fan of Sarah J. Maas, but few know that this is the first book I read by her. It’s fascinating to reread it now that I’ve read her entire canon and notice the similarities and differences between this and her Throne of Glass series. —Kelly

The Narrow Door

I’ve never read a book that looks so closely and truthfully at a long friendship. This memoir by poet and fiction writer Paul Lisicky tells the story of his 26-year connection to writer Denise Gess, who died of cancer in 2009. They met as teaching assistants, Lisicky younger, greener, shyer. Denise was dynamic, hilarious, tumultuous. Though they grew remarkably close, romance was not in the cards, as Lisicky is gay, and the book just as candidly interweaves the story of Lisicky’s long partnership with poet Mark Doty (called “M” in these pages). Both relationships end in loss, with Doty’s heart eventually drifting after years. This is a brave book, one with ocean-deep feeling steadied by Lisicky’s calm, thoughtful writing voice, and it captures human beings in all their complexity; it shows us who we are. —Phil

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Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power

On my first trip to New York, I saw Barbra Streisand on Broadway in Funny Girl. Ever since, I’ve been a major fan of her talent and later saw her in concert at the Newport Jazz Festival. In a time when few were brave enough to stand up and be different, she had the courage to live her life according to her own beliefs. —Bob

A Mind Apart

This book’s project is to take on the subject of neurodiversity, or the ways in which all of our brains are unique. This book is beautifully digressive in its structure, and isn’t quite like anything else I’ve read. —Elizabeth

Murder at the 42nd Street Library

The iconic 42nd Street Library in New York City has always fascinated me. So I’m very interested in this new mystery series by Con Lehane. —Bob

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