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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 11/12/21 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading Lily King's newest, her recent short story collection Five Tuesdays in Winter; I'm listening to Dave Grohl's immersive memoir The Storyteller; and I'm reading Harriet Kline's This Shining Life.

What are you reading and enjoying these days, bookworms?

01 Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King

In Lily King's new story collection, she turns her eye for detail and for wonderfully faulted characters on explorations of love, desire, loss, and tragedy.

From a bookseller closed off emotionally from the world who begins to consider letting someone in again to two tragically reunited former college roommates; from a mourning elderly man faced with disaster to a writer who has been silenced for too long, King mines uncomfortable or joyful, sometimes tiny moments that shape her characters' lives.

Lily King is also the author of Writers & Lovers and Euphoria.

I received a prepublication digital edition of this book courtesy of Grove Atlantic and NetGalley.

02 The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl

I'm listening to Dave Grohl's memoir, in which he tracks his youth in Virginia through his incredible rise to fame as the drummer for Nirvana, a band said to have defined a generation, and through his grief to the incarnation of his band Foo Fighters and beyond.

His funny, self-effacing, thoughtful, sensitive, music-obsessed tone makes for captivating listening, and he recaptures his starry-eyed introductions--many feel to him like flukes--to many of his musical idols in a way that feels genuine and appealing.

Grohl credits his varied and numerous musical influences and it feels reminiscent of his conversations in the documentary series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.

03 This Shining Life by Harriet Kline

Young Ollie finds people confusing. They don't always say what they mean, and lately they're often crying.

Harriet Kline's This Shining Life tracks Ollie's attempts to make sense of things after his father Rich's death from cancer; follows his mother Ruth's adjustment to life without her free-spirited, joy-filled partner; and tracks the grief and the resulting shifts within their close-knit extended family.

Rich left small gifts to his loved ones, and Ollie becomes convinced that if he searches hard enough for meaning in these items, he'll uncover essential clues about the meaning of life and be able to understand what happened to his father.