Wondering what to read next? We asked Entropy contributors for some recent book recommendations.
This Blue Novel by Valerie Mejer Caso. Also, Frankenstein.
Rachel Levy’s A Book So Red.
David S. Atkinson
Under the Frog, by Tibor Fischer.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’m real late to the game but just after the new year I picked up Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train. I’d never read a “domestic noir” before but it totally hooked me. I’ve since read a couple others from this genre, working my way up to this one. Scandalous, huh, the extent to which I feel the need to justify myself for reading something “popular”?
Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and The Man with the Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi.
I’m reading Native Son by Richard Wright and Ceremonies by Essex Hemphill.
Important works of literary Modernism from non-English-speaking cultures: Mario de Andrade, Macunaíma, in a translation by E. A Goodland. Think: Rabelais in the Rain Forest. Also, Eugenio Montale’s Cuttlefish Bones; William Arrowsmith’s translation. Amazing to think that many of these poems were ones that Italo Calvino memorized as a boy.
Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers
SPQR by Mary Beard; Deepstep Come Shining by C.D. Wright; The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante!
Broken Screen (Doug Aitken), The Mass Ornament (Sigfried Kracauer), Weimar Surfaces (Janet Ward), and 1984: A Case Study in Finding an Appropriate TV Newswoman (Robert Heinecken)
What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America edited by Aldon Lynn Nielsen, Lauri Ramey.
Dennis James Sweeney
Renee Gladman’s The Activist, Danielle Dutton’s Margaret the First, Kenneth Goldsmith’s Capital, Mark L. Smith’s screenplay for The Revenant, Dan Gilroy’s script for Nightcrawler, and a ton of books on A.I. and immortality.
I’m reading Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews and Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente. They’re both really good so far.
I’m reading Book One of My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It was a present from my daughter. She knows I have trouble reading text that isn’t backlit, unless I’m in bright sunlight. So, hooking me into a seven volume memoir, her way of saying, hey Dad try to get outside more, okay?
Sense and Sensibility! Still, if I were a Dashwood, I’d be disappointed in Marianne ending up with Colonel Brandon; Willoughby, although he ultimately is a cad, is so much more alluring.