Library Book Haul: Current Stack

I spent another glorious hour in the library last weekend; I’m starting to make it a monthly event. (I’d go even more often, but I bring home so many books each time that I’d probably get panic attacks over the amount of reading material.) Here’s what’s in my current stack:

From bottom to top:

Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter, nonfiction, on work-life balance and women not “having it all.” I heard Slaughter speak on a Freakonomics podcast; I’ve also read Laura Vanderkam’s blog posts vehemently contradicting Slaughter’s point of view. I wanted to see what the fuss was about.

All In by Josh Levs, nonfiction, on work-life balance and men not having it all. I thought this would be an interesting companion read to the Slaughter book.

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl, fiction. A literary/historical murder mystery. This is the one I’m least likely to read, but I thought I’d stretch myself and give it a shot.

Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok, fiction. I loved Girl in Translation, and expect to feel just as immersed in the world of Kwok’s second novel.

Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Simmons, fiction. I heard Beatriz talk on DIY MFA radio (I get a lot of recommendations from podcasts, don’t I?) and thought the novel sounded interesting: a 1950s political family drama.

Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl, memoir, on her first years as the New York Times’ food critic. I started reading this one right away. Because it’s about food. Good food. Also, Reichl’s voice is funny and very human. This was recommended via Modern Mrs. Darcy’s post on her favorite memoirs.

What’s on your stack this month? Have you read any of the books listed here?

One Response to “Library Book Haul: Current Stack”

  1. Kathy says:

    I haven’t read any of these, but I’ve read about Garlic and Sapphires and thought it sounded good–may get to it one day! My current library book stack includes: Death at the Brightwell (“an elegant Christie-esque 1930s romp”), Health at Every Size (nonfiction about thin vs. healthy, and how dieting makes it harder to be healthy and lose weight permanently), and two books about how what we eat affects our moods, Eat Your Way to Happiness and The Happiness Diet–I’m thinking about pitching an article or two on this subject. That’s a small stack for me, but I go to the library almost every week, so I’m sure that stack will grow!

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