What We’re Reading: September 9

What We’re Reading: September 9

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.

August: Osage County

I’m a huge, huge fan of Tracy Letts, and have loved this play since I saw Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of it. I thought it might be fun to read the play itself, so this week, that’s what I’ve decided to pick up. —Elizabeth

When a Scot Ties the Knot

I just finished this charming romance. Maddie, our heroine, suffers from such debilitating social anxiety that she invents a faux beau. She tells her family he’s a captain in the army, conveniently stationed far away. As it turns out, she wasn’t very creative while naming him, and years later her imaginary boyfriend shows up on her doorstep in the flesh. I was rooting for Logan and Maddie from the start, and really loved the rest of the cast as well. I’m not-so-secretly hoping that Tessa Dare decides to give Logan’s friend Callum the love story he deserves. —Kelly

Atlas Obscura

I’m excited about reading Atlas Obscura, by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton. It looks like a great gift for many of my friends for the holidays, and it reminds me of another book I love: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. —Bob

The Story of Lucy Gault

I’ve been a William Trevor fan for a long time, both his novels and short stories, but I’d never read The Story of Lucy Gault, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2002. It begins in the Irish revolutionary year of 1921, when a Protestant family of means living in what the Irish called a “big house” runs up against political violence in rural County Cork. Nine-year-old Lucy does something out of desperation, an action that fractures the family and reverberates for decades. As with all of Trevor’s work, I expect quietly brilliant realism with an uncanny grasp of people’s inner lives, their motivations, dramas, and long-echoing memories. —Phil

It Can’t Happen Here

I love books that reflect the past and present, and even hint at the future. One book that I think does this well is the classic It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. —Bob

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