September 28, 2016

what we’re reading

Dave is reading Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder, a local author (and a Little Shop customer!). It comes out on May 30th (and, so far, is terrific). Laurel will be at Little Shop on Saturday, May 3rd, at 7pm.

It already has a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Princess DiaristFrannie is reading The Princess Diarist. Carrie Fisher was a complicated woman, and wow does she let us in on all her secrets! I am loving this so far for her raw voice and conversational narrative. The basis for the story is that she found her old diaries from when she was filming episode IV (or the first Star Wars movie to come out for the lesser nerds out there). She reveals her best and worst moments on the set outside London. If you love Star Wards, this is a necessary read. Like, yesterday.

MooMarcy is reading Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boyton. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over. She’s also reading Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (old school!). More on this later.


SkippyZoe, our current guest contributor,Marcy Cat is reading SkippyJon Jones by Judy Schachner. Again. (It’s her favorite book.) When not reading Judy’s books Zoe enjoys drippy faucets, wrestling, and modern poetry.


Madison is reading New Boy by Tracy Chevalier which goes on sale on May 16th.


Hannah just finished Who Thought This Was A Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco and is currently reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. Next on her list is Kingdom of Olives and Ash edited by Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman.

Krista is reading Grendel’s Guide to Love and War by by A.E. Kaplan and Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han.


Sunny is multi-reading: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery, Moonglow by Michael Chabon, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (published on October 31st) by Jessica Townsend , and Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay Haring.

Terra is reading Beyond the Bright Sea, the OTHER island book–not Laurel’s Orphan Island. But it is lovely. Totally different from Lauren Wolk’s Wolf Hollow but still gorgeously written.


Jason is about finished with Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham. Next up is D’arc by Robert Repino (which just received a starred review!).


The Other Diane is reading Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery by Fred Van Lente (on recommendation from Karen). This book comes out on July 11th.


Karen is listening to Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (ready by Wil Wheaton) and A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.

In addition Karen is reading The Girl Before by JP Delaney, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Ranger Games by Ben Blum (coming out September 12th), and The Girl Before by JP Delaney. Go Karen!

Justin is reading Desire, by Frank Bidart, but really just the poem “The Second Hour of the Night” from that volume. Bidart has been working on this sequence of long form poems for most of his career, and the latest, “The Fourth Hour of the Night,” was published in Poetry Magazine a few years ago, and who’s podcast discussed the poem at that time. Justin is not used to reading poetry like this, and it pulls and stretches at him like discovering a new muscle. He’s also reading selections from Funny Girl, a new anthology of funny girl stories. Because they’re funny.

Jenny is reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and the superb Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel.

Did you know that The Great Gatsby‘s author’s full name was Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald. His great-great-great-great-grandfather (Philip Key (1696-1754)) was the great-grandfather of Francis Scott Key (lyricist of our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”), making the two second cousins thrice removed.