August 2017: Books to Read and Review
After a cross-country move this summer and some adjustments to the day job, I’m finally feeling settled into life as a Coloradan. A home out here is a wonderful upgrade from a small one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, although I’ll surely grow to miss the non-stop barrage of cultural events that the city had to offer. But out here, we’ve got space, outdoors, and lots of time to read.
Here’s what’s on the lineup for late summer. Although not a new release, I’m looking forward to checking out A Horse Walks into a Bar after it won the Man Booker International Prize earlier this year. This will also be my first Claire Messud novel, despite it seeming like just about everyone was reading The Emperor’s Children a few years ago. And, it’ll be curious to read Hallberg (I kind of liked City on Fire!) and see if he can sustain the hype that surrounded his big debut.
From the top:
A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman (Knopf)
The Seventh Function of Language by Larent Binet (FSG)
The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (Norton)
A Field Guide to the North American Family by Garth Risk Hallberg (Knopf)
At the Strangers’ Gate by Adam Gopnik (Knopf)
Unreconciled by Michel Houellebecq (FSG)