What We’re Reading

We’re starting a new blog post rounding up the books that the NHR fam (staff, interns, fellows, volunteers) is reading each month. Join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook and let us know what you’re reading!

 Amy: I just started The Sociopath Next Door. I haven’t read that far, but apparently 1 in 25 people are a sociopath. I’m also reading the newest book by David Sedaris, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, which is pretty hilarious. It’s a bunch of short stories and essays.

 Keri: I just finished In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume this morning. It’s set in the 1950s, and it’s about people who live in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Though the people are fictional, it’s based on a time period when three planes crashed in their town, in less than a year. It follows the people whose lives were touched and inter-connected by these events.

 Kirsten: I just finished The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way (Amanda Ripley) which is about education systems in Korea, Finland, and Poland. It’s really interesting – much food for thought.

 Mariah: I just started Middlesex the other day. It’s about someone who is born as a girl but has a genetic variation and realizes they are intersex. The novel goes back through their family history of incest. It’s very well-written.

Mimi: I’m reading Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami. It’s about a boy who runs away from home and tries to find out about his lost mother and sister – well, lost isn’t the right word. They abandoned him, and he’s trying to discover his family history. I read a bunch of other Murakami books that I really enjoyed, and this one is no exception, it’s really good!

Victoria: I just finished Reading Lolita in Tehran, a gorgeous memoir about Azar Nefisi’s experience teaching Western literature in Tehran, starting before the Revolution and moving through the war with Iraq into the early ‘90s, when her family moved to the US. Technically I’m also reading three books right now: Rising Strong by Brene Brown (describing the process of getting back up after failure), Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins (an academic text, but worth the work), and Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (a letter to his son about the construction and experience of race in America).

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