Weekend Reading

AwfulIn this edition, a laugh-out-loud book from the "Midwest’s biggest nerd," the highly-anticipated follow-up from the author of The Martian, and a cookbook for those of you with a sweet tooth.

Erin Kodicek: Because there is a special place in my heart for people who have a keen appreciation of the absurd, I'm going to check out Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations by Matt Bellassai. The name is probably ringing a bell for many of you; Bellassai is behind the hit web series "Whine About It” where he whines about various and sundry things while swilling wine (of course). When I do this, it's annoying, but Bellassai has made bitching an art form, and two colleagues who finished 'Everything' say it elicits some much needed belly laughs. Cheers to levity, especially when it's in shorty supply...

Adrian Liang: I finally got my hot little hands on Andy Weir’s upcoming novel, Artemis, about a conspiracy to control the only city that’s been built on the moon (Nov 14 release). I really, really hope it’s good, because I’m a big fan of Weir’s first book, The Martian, especially when read as an audiobook. Although it vibrates with more smash-bang action than The Martian, Jay Posey’s SF novel Outriders has the same humor and the love of geeky problem-solving that makes The Martian one of my favorites, and Outriders is a great stop-gap while you wait for Weir’s second book to arrive.

Seira Wilson: Today I bought gorgeous peaches from the farmer’s market to make a peach and bourbon pie from the new cookbook, Baker’s Royale, this weekend.  I’ll be forking that down with one hand and reading the rest of Sourdough by Robin Sloan (author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore) with the other. It’s a busy weekend so a book I can read in an afternoon or two that will also make me happy—the witty story of Lois Clary’s life that like the sourdough starter the book is named for, grows into something new and wonderful--sounds like just what I need right now.

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