The Celadon team share their stay-at-home reading lists, including controversial new releases and book-to-screen source material.
The Celadon Team
Publisher & President
How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
Next book up for me is How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones. My daughter is a very tough critic, but she was so deeply moved by this memoir that I bought myself a copy and look forward to reading it.
Co-Publisher & Senior Vice President
Vice President, Associate Publisher
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
I just finished Charlotte McConaghy’s Migrations. This beautiful and lyrical novel weaves together the extinction of animals and erosion of our environment with the character of Franny Stone, a complicated and driven young woman, who is both running from her past while chasing the answers to it.
Figuring by Maria Popova
I’m reading Figuring by Maria Popova. I’m interested in science books but less interested in the history of science. But I will read any story if it’s told by Maria Popova! This is one that brings together figures from scientific and literary history to build a multi-disciplinary biography of mankind’s greatest discoveries. I’m loving it!
The Exhibition of Persephone Q by Jessi Jezewska Stevens
I am currently reading The Exhibition of Persephone Q by Jessi Jezewska Stevens. The cover caught my eye with its graffiti cutting through an iconic Dante Gabriel Rossetti painting. Shortly after, I was hooked by its question of identity in the digital age. It offers my favorite blend of mystery and satire, so it’s perfect for weekend reading.
Senior Director, Consumer Marketing
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
I picked up this book as a “better late than never” pick, and I’m so glad that I did! Rooney’s characters are flawed and complex, and the dialogue (or “conversation,” if you will) is inspiring and thought-provoking. You can bet I’ll be cracking open Normal People next.
Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur
I wanted to read this book after reading a review in The New York Times Book Review, then I forgot about it until a friend who grew up in Cape Cod mentioned they were reading it. It is a memoir of growing up with a privileged and narcissistic mother, who engages in a decades-long affair with her husband’s best friend. As a young girl, Brodeur was often used as a third wheel to help facilitate the affair. She basked in the role of her mother’s confidante, but at a huge price: The secret and deception impacted nearly every aspect of the author’s life, especially her mental health and well-being.
You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
I’m reading You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz — it’s about to be an HBO miniseries, and the trailer looked amazing. But I’ll never watch anything based on a book without reading it first!
Cecily Van Buren-Freedman
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
This timely and powerful debut novel looks at the relationship between a 15-year-old student and her English teacher to explore thorny issues of power and consent. I’ve been excited about this novel since I first heard it being buzzed about a year ago as a feminist answer to Lolita, and now that I — like many of us — have a lot of downtime in my apartment, I’m excited to dive in!
Social Media Manager
Circe by Madeline Miller
I’ve been on a Greek mythology kick, so the premise of this book was intriguing. The prose is lyrical and beautiful, and somehow old stories feel fresh. I’m interested to see Circe’s story told from a woman’s perspective.
Anna Belle Hindenlang
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Next up in my TBR pile is Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. I’ve been seeing a ton of great buzz for this one. A friend recommended it to me, and said she was hooked from the very first page — looking forward to diving in!
More Than Organs by Kay Ulanday Barrett
I’m currently reading More Than Organs by Kay Ulanday Barrett. I’ve seen Kay perform live and read their previous book. Their poetry is gut-wrenching and heart racing; it’s very visceral in a way that leaves me catching my breath after every read. They don’t shy away from hard topics, in fact they thrive in them—their poem about the Pulse shooting is one of the hardest things I’ve read but felt necessary, felt like healing.