’Tis always the season for reading.
  1. “A Manual for Cleaning Women” by Lucia Berlin
    Recommended by Lauren Groff, who calls it “a story collection that’s raw and funny and breathtakingly great.”
  2. “Parnassus on Wheels” by Christopher Morley
    Mary Norris is eager to read this, and she notes that The Library of Congress has it catalogued under booksellers and bookselling, travelling sales personnel, single women, women farmers, brothers and sisters, women booksellers, and tramps.
  3. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
    On a plane some time later this month, Patrick Radden Keefe admits he will be the last person on earth to read this book.
  4. “The Long Loneliness” by Dorothy Day
    Andrea DenHoed has been reading this autobiography on the subway, and she writes that Day “provides a front-row seat to the early-twentieth-century social-justice movements and to the scene in New York City.”
  5. “Futurist Cookbook” by F.T. Marinetti
    Nicola Twilley recounts that the author rejects pasta, calling it responsible for making its consumers “heavy” and “brutish.”
  6. “Remainder” by Tom McCarthy
    Andrew Marantz recommends this “anti-novel,” noting that it’s “refreshingly devoid of windbaggery.”
  7. “Down and Out in Paris and London” by George Orwell
    Alec Wilkinson is re-reading Orwell, he writes, “to recover parts of someone I remember being.”
  8. “The Art of the Memoir” by Mary Karr
    Larissa McFarquhar is reading this book for a second time: “Karr is such fun to read—who else would combine the name Nabokov and the phrase “out the wazoo” on her very first page?—that it’s hard to resist getting drawn into it again.”
  9. “Young Orson” by Patrick McGilligan
    Richard Brody has only just started this biography of Orson Welles, but so far he can “confess to fascination and pleasure.”