What We’re Reading: August 19

What We’re Reading: August 19

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 for a look at the best books of the season.

Don’t Cry

I know it will surprise absolutely no one that I am reading more Mary Gaitskill, but I can’t help myself. I’ve heard that Don’t Cry isn’t as consistent as Bad Behavior, but that it has considerably more range. It will be really interesting to see how these stories stack up against her other work. —Elizabeth

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I ship Scorbus and that’s all you need to know. —Kelly


The only thing I love more than a new installment in a great series is finding a brand new series. I prefer sci-fi and fantasy or historical series, as I think they have some of the most interesting characters. Right now, I’m excited to dive into Nevernight, the first in a series by bestselling author Jay Kristoff. —Bob

What the Body Remembers

I’ve been wanting to read Shauna Singh Baldwin‘s first novel What the Body Remembers for a while. The author was born in Canada, raised in India, and married a man from Milwaukee, my hometown. Up until 2015, the couple ran a famous city establishment called the Safe House Restaurant, filled with spy memorabilia. This well-reviewed first novel is set in the Punjab region preceding and during the tumult that led to the Partition of India in 1947, when millions of people were displaced and Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims fought each other. Against that epic canvas, Singh Baldwin creates a story revolving around three Sikh characters: one a wealthy landowner, one the man’s first wife, and one the man’s second wife, young Roop, brought into the household to bear children. —Phil

The Terror Years

Fifteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, I was in New York City. From where I stood, on Fifth Avenue at 17th Street, I saw both towers smoking until they collapsed, before learning of the other two planes. I’ll never forget that horrific day, and I am very interested in Lawrence Wright‘s new book about al-Qaeda. —Bob







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