The July Reading List

Rasing Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, Jane McAlevey
I listened to an interview with Jane McAlevey on WNYC and was stirred to read her book. Although I feel like I support unions in theory, I know next to nothing abou them in practice. So far, I’m about halfway through this book and have learned so much–not just about how unions are treated under the law, but also how they can operate internally, how they can be structured, and how they can be used in a real way to influence politics.

Shadow Country, Peter Matthiessen
As I’ve remarked in far too many social situations lately, I bought this book because I picked it up from a friend’s shelf and fell in love with the typesetting and paper-feel.

Post-Office Girl, Stefan Zweig
I’ve got a real weakness for the NYRB’s classics collection–they’re always so beautifully bound & designed. But, more than that, I’m astounded at their breadth–I consider myself to be really well-read, but I haven’t heard of more than half on the authors whose books are printed as part of the NYRB Classics line. The Post-Office Girl is one of those books. I first saw it when one of my goodreads friends read it and rated it five stars, and then was basically salivating for it when I saw that Grand Budapest Hotel is based on the works of Zweig.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
At a housewarming party I went to recently, the hosts devised a cute way to get people involved & get rid of some of their old stuff: they handed out tickets for jokes or other amusing behavior, and those tickets could be redeemed for goods such as: an old game of Life (5 tickets), a semi-functional GameCube controller (10 tickets), and a book recommendation & loan (20 tickets). So that’s how I got me a David Mitchell book. Hopefully I’ll read these and more during the month! And hopefully I’ll also get my act together to review them.


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