Friday Book Debrief Vol 10

Every week we’re sharing what our some of our writers are currently reading. Please join in the chorus and tell us what you’ve been enjoying or slogging through in the comments!

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi - Cat

I was eager to get my hands on this YA book after reading Emezi’s impressive debut novel, Freshwater, last year. This has been a magical read so far and I’m excited to see what other surprises are in store.

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An American Sickness by Elizabeth Rosenthal - Mel

This week I’ve been gobbling up all the stats that shine a light on how the business of healthcare got so out of hand. I’m absolutely enraged.

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Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener - Victoria

Anna Wiener's memoir of working at a tech start-up Silicon Valley after 3 years in the publishing industry is incisive, addicting, and just all-around good.

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Inland by Téa Obreht - Maggie

Never thought I would be so invested in camels, but here I am.

Only 100 pages left and I can’t wait to find out how the two extraordinary lives of our characters collide.

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The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins - Marian

If you like a good historical novel, then Collins’s story about enslaved Jamaican-born Frannie Langton accused of murdering her London-based slave owners may be for you. I’m listening to the audio version, engagingly read by the author, and am utterly absorbed in the story!

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh - Nikki

Finally getting around to my first Moshfegh! At 40 pages in, I can already see why this book and its author have the following they do. Vividly drawn (and often unlikeable) characters, subtle humor, wry and real observations. Hooked.

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The Only Story by Julian Barnes - Courtney

I just finished Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk and the edition I have could fit in my pocket. So I wanted something equally as stimulating and pocket sized, so here we are 🤷🏼‍♀️ I didn’t enjoy The Sense Of Ending, but The Only Story is seeming better already, at 22 pages in!

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Oval by Elvia Wilk - Jessica Maria

I'm not sure audiobook was the way to go with this, but I'm highly intrigued by the near-future setting and by what is slowly being revealed as different from contemporary life.

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