What We’re Reading: November 2018

Mystery, memoir, and magic are just some of the themes on the Celadon team’s reading list.

By the Celadon Team

Deb Futter
SVP & Co-Publisher

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

Just finished Lethal White, and I LOVE this series from Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling). Cormoran Strike and Robin are the new Perry Mason and Della Street! Definitely for fans of thrillers with a love story within–it’s a total page turner!

The Witch Elm by Tana French

Now about to read the new Tana French, The Witch Elm. Have read every one and reviews say this is the best!

Ryan Doherty
Executive Editor

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

The book is about figuring out your set of values in life, focusing on those wholeheartedly, and not giving a f*ck about the rest of the noise. I read it as research for a book we just signed up (announcement soon!) and see why it has connected so strongly with readers.

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

This is a bit of a cheat since the book doesn’t come out until next year. But I really liked Harper’s first book, The Dry, so I got an early readers edition of her new book from our sister company, Flatiron Books. I love how the location really comes through in her writing, in this case the remote Australian outback. Harper is a top-notch mystery writer.

Rachel Chou
Associate Publisher

Educated by Tara Westover

This fast-paced memoir was a perfect choice for my book club, and fans of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls would love this book. The buzz is still ongoing for this book and it is likely to top the charts for best of 2018 on multiple lists–highly recommend!

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

I fell in love with the main character, Count Alexander Rostov. His relationship with the The Metropol, the famed Moscow hotel, and the cast of characters he comes into contact with will bring a smile to your face. Fans of works with strong characters such as A Man Called Ove will enjoy this masterfully told literary work. It was on every chart for 2016 and still a book club favorite.

Christine Mykityshyn
Director of Publicity

Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn

I’m reading Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn, based on an experience he and his wife had together over 30 years ago in marriage counseling. I happened to be seated next to the author at a dinner party recently, and was really struck by the humility and honesty he drew from to create this novel. The reader only meets three people: a couple and their marriage counselor, told from her point of view, taking place entirely in her office. It’s the type of storytelling I relish; it doesn’t lean heavily on plot and allows a contained space for the reader to be with just a few characters, intimately exploring what motivates their behavior.

Wildlife by Richard Ford

Next up on my TBR pile is Wildlife by Richard Ford. I’ve recently been listening to a lot of interviews with the actor Paul Dano, who just made his directorial debut adapting the novel to film. I heard the first paragraph read aloud, and like Dano, I’m hooked.  

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