What We’re Reading: September 22

What We’re Reading: September 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 Fall Previews for a look at the best books of the season.


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Jane

This book has been on my TBR shelf ever since I heard Maggie Nelson speak at Columbia a year or so ago. I absolutely idolize her, and picking up Jane feels particularly fitting this week, since Nelson was just named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. —Elizabeth


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The Ice Dragon

I miss Game of Thrones, guys. To keep me company while I wait for the show to return, and to help me tick one more book off of my September TBR list, I’m diving into this short illustrated fairytale by George R.R. Martin. So far it is utterly captivating, and I feel wholly transported to the world that Martin is describing. What do you think the chances are that I’ll get an ice dragon for Christmas? —Kelly


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Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

For me, one of the most fascinating nonfiction subgenres is author biographies. I’m thrilled to read Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin. Shirley Jackson is one of my favorite writers. I particularly love The Lottery and The Haunting of Hill House. —Bob


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Seven Days in the Art World

Earlier this year I read Sarah Thornton’s terrific book 33 Artists in 3 Acts, and knew it wouldn’t be long before I moved on to something else by her. Seven Days in the Art World, her first foray into the rarified, huge-money realm of contemporary art production, selling, and exhibiting, is just as good. Interviewing and observing during the opening years of this century, when the art world kept ascending to ever more dizzying financial heights, this art-loving sociologist enters seven subcultural chambers making up the glitzy palace that is the subject of her gaze: an auction at Christie’s in New York, a student critique seminar at the California Institute of the Arts, the Basel Art Fair, the Turner Prize judging, the magazine Art Forum, the studios of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, and the Venice Biennale. I just finished the Christie’s chapter and it was awesome. I can’t wait to keep touring. —Phil


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Beautiful Stranger

In preparation for Christina Lauren’s Beautiful, I’m reading through the entire series. Currently I’m loving the romance blossoming between Max and Sara. Max is smart, charming, and comes equipped with an irresistible British accent. He has the patience to peel back Sara’s protective layers, and it’s great to see her slowly open up to him. I already want more from this fun pair. —Kelly


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Strong Cold Dead

Once again I’m picking up a book in my favorite genre: mystery and thriller. I’m reading Strong Cold Dead, the 8th novel in Jon Land’s Caitlin Strong series. Land once again delivers a book I can’t put down. —Bob

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