What We’re Reading This Week

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a history of moneyA History of Money by Alan Pauls

A History of Money is the latest from one of today’s best Latin American writers, Alan Pauls. The story is set in 1970s Argentina, a time of economic instability and wildly fluctuating inflation. A History of Money begins with a dead man, killed in a helicopter crash that also claimed the suitcase he was carrying with an undisclosed sum of money – now nowhere to be found. Our unnamed protagonist barely knew (and disliked) the dead man, so I can’t guess when or how the missing suitcase will reappear in the narrative. I’m torn between my curiosity to see where this is going and not wanting it to end – the prose is magnificent.” You can pre-order now.


and heres the kickerAnd Here’s The Kicker by Mike Sachs

“It’s a conversation with humorists and humor writers as diverse as Sacha Baron Cohen and creator of Late Night with David Letterman. Sachs’ incisive line of questioning inspires whimsical, compelling, and ultimately inspirational responses from subjects. Highly recommended for all those interested in humor, humor-writing, or the creative process in general.”


crusades of cesar chavezThe Crusades of Cesar Chavez by Miriam Pawel

“This is a biography of Chavez written by an author who previously wrote a comprehensive history of the United Farm Workers’ Movement. Now she turns her labor history research into a more traditional biography of a remarkable man. Don’t worry, it’s not a hagiography. It portrays a complex and sometimes troubled Chavez both leading well and occasionally dominating the farm workers’ struggle.”


classics mutilatedClassics Mutilated edited by Jeff Connor

“The book takes characters from classic literature like Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, Huck Finn, and Tom Sawyer, and mixes them with characters from tales of horror, such as Cthulu. The main story of note is Dread Island, by Joe R. Lansdale, which draws inspiration from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Island of Dr. Moreau where the residents of Dread Island happen upon a book similar to the necronomicon. It’s really good!! I need to read more short stories right now until I finish recovering the holidays.”


life changing magic of tidying upThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

“It’s really good. This book has helped my apartment go from looking like a dorm room to looking like an apartment for adults. Goodwill knows my name because of all my drop offs. This is a great book for getting rid of literal baggage. I already gave a copy to my sister. This is a great guide to getting started; she breaks it down in very digestible ways, breaking up organizing tasks into categories of items to go through and making it easy to maintain. I can see parts of my apartment that I haven’t seen in years.”


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