In this edition, a YA fantasy that is the love child of Mulan and Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass, another plug for Apollo 8, and Jo Nesbo's latest thriller about a serial killer who finds his victims on Tinder.
Seira Wilson: I’m traveling this weekend and bringing a pile of books along, including Viktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning which is a book I’ve long intended to read and still haven’t. There’s a Young Adult edition of Man’s Search for Meaning coming out this month, with an introduction from John Boyne, so seems like the right time to read this powerful memoir of physical and spiritual survival in the Nazi death camps. I may need some escapism after Frankl so I’m also taking Flame in the Mist, Renée Ahdieh’s (The Wrath and the Dawn) new young adult fantasy novel set in feudal Japan.
Jon Foro: It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 50 years since NASA’s Apollo program first landed a man on the moon. Since passing decades tend to filter out everything save the highlights, that epic effort has been boiled down to a couple of missions: Apollo 11’s triumphant landing, and the near calamity of Apollo 13, which we might not remember were it not for Tom Hanks and Ron Howard. Lost is all (or most) of the daring preamble, when the United States and the Soviet Union repeatedly exchanged the space-race lead, recklessly shooting manned aluminum cans - packed with the computing power of a scientific calculator - into space. Jeffrey Kluger’s Apollo 8 should restore much of that nearly unbelievable history.
Penny Mann: I am going to be kicking this weekend off with Scaachi Koul's collection of essays, One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, because who wants easy-going and relaxing weekends? I am actually quite eager to dive into Koul's essays, which are said to be both funny and fierce accounts of immigrant culture, sexism, stereotypes and some of the miseries of life. As a switch (in the same direction) I will also be starting Nesbo's new thriller, The Thirst. This is the latest novel, and far overdue in my opinion, in his Harry Hole series that was last heard from in 2013 with Police. Thirst finds Hole on the hunt of a serial killer who is targeting his victims on Tinder...yet another reason to stay inside on the weekend.
Erin Kodicek: I'm going to read Between Them: Remembering My Parents. This is the first work of nonfiction from Richard Ford, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Independence Day from his popular Bascombe Trilogy. It's a memoir about his mom and dad, obviously, but also about the knowing and unknowable relationship of the people who raise us--people that we know so intimately on the one hand, but yet also inhabit a world wholly their own.
Chris Schluep: I am reading two short story collections. The first is Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami. The second is Trajectory by Richard Russo. I am also going to finish Into the Water, which is Paula Hawkins’ follow-up to The Girl on the Train. It’s times like these that I think I have the best job in the world.
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