What We’re Reading: June 10

What We’re Reading: June 10

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.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

I knew when I started this book that it was a true crime book, and those are usually pretty dark. This book is dark, no doubt about that, but it’s also weirdly hilarious, which I really wasn’t expecting at all. I’m really enjoying John Berendt’s portrait of Savannah and its inhabitants. —Elizabeth

White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World

It’s my first time reading acclaimed British travel writer and essayist Geoff Dyer. What registers quickly is his approach: Despite journeys to farflung places like Tahiti and the Arctic, he remains wry and detached, hard to impress, slow to enthuse. His prose seems flattened out by design, resistant to color and music, and unafraid of prosaic touches, like word repetitions most writers would axe in draft one. But once I got tuned to his sensibility, I was able to start appreciating the things that distinguish this essay collection: intelligence, wit, self-inquiry, and an interest in interesting things—art, jazz, Los Angeles, the lives of artists. I’m looking forward to his takes on American land art. I just watched a great new documentary, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art. White Sands dovetails nicely: Here, the author travels to see Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty” in Utah and Walter De Maria’s “The Lightning Field” in New Mexico. —Phil

Beautiful Secret

Things I’m a sucker for: British boys, British boys in suits, and Christina Lauren books. What can I say? This writing duo gets me every time. I’ve had this on my TBR shelf since April, and now that the weather is warming up I’m in the mood for a fun romance. I believe this will wholly satisfy that craving. —Kelly

Empire of the Summer Moon

The history of America has always interested me. Many books focus on the European exploration, settlement, and development of the country. I’m more interested in the Native Americans and how they lived pre- and post-European settlement. I’m very much looking forward to reading S. C. Gwynne’s bestseller, which focuses on the Comanches, one of the most powerful tribes in American history. —Bob

Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs

Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs is feeding my springtime fascination with birds. Last week I saw my first whimbrel in Accabonac Bay. This delightful book is explaining to me how the whimbrel got its beak! —Michael

Two Girls, Fat and Thin

It’s no secret that I love Mary Gaitskill, and I’ve made a plan to work my way through all of her books. I really admire her descriptions of gestures; they seem so emotionally loaded without feeling trite or sentimental. I just finished this novel, and while I’m not sure it lived up to Bad Behavior (but really, what does?), I keep thinking about the characters. —Elizabeth

Stars Above

This month’s reading challenge is adaptations, and I’m doing really well so far! This is a collection of short stories set in the Lunar Chronicles universe, most featuring characters from the series. As our readers know, I binged Marissa Meyer’s series just before the final book came out. It’s exciting to be back in that familiar universe and to be with my faves (Scarlet and Wolf) once more. —Kelly

The Eight

I first read this book 28 years ago when I was the Director of Merchandising at Waldenbooks. There was a lot of excitement about the book because it featured a computer expert. In 1988, computers were still new to many of us. At the time, I enjoyed reading this thriller and even got to meet Katherine Neville. Now, I’m rereading it. —Bob

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