It’s a short but interesting list of Friday Reads recommendations from the Picador team this week.
Gabrielle is delaying the inevitable by reading the last pages of culture critic Daniel Mendelsohn’s forthcoming essay collection Waiting for the Barbarians very slowly.
I really could go on forever about how amazing his essays are in general—and this collection specifically—but I will spare you all. Just know that no one puts to use a formal education in the classics when writing about Mad Men, Avatar, and theater productions of Spider-Man quite like Mendelsohn.
And, because Picadorians are natural book-jugglers, I just started Aifric Campbell’s On The Floor, a financial thriller Picador is publishing in 2013. The writing is totally solid and the story had me stuck to my couch for a good few hours last night. I can imagine there will be some excitement in the halls here once it goes out onto the US streets.
Elianna is very much looking forward to reading The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize. (She’s also feeling slightly curious what all the hoo ha is all about with Naomi Wolf’s new book…)
PJ just finished The Ask by Sam Lipsyte (“It was hilarious!”) and has a pile of submissions to tackle this weekend.
Similarly, Stephen is buried under a pile of manuscripts in the run up to the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Lastly, Alaina finally succumbed to her roommate’s prodding to read How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran.
I’ve only just started, but the book already has me hooked with its opening premise that womanhood is something foisted upon young women without a handbook or instruction on how to actually be a woman. Looking forward to delving deeper over the weekend.