Staff Summer Reading Lists: Halle












Ada, or Ardor, Vladimir Nabokov

Fictional memoir with fictional editor’s marginalia and end notes. Pale Fire was totally nuts and I loved it, and Ada has been on my list for a while. 

I’m Losing You, Bruce Wagner

Wagner is some kind of weird secret. When I finished his maximalist LA satire, Dead Stars, I thought “this is a perfect book.” I’m Losing You, I’ll Let You Go, and Still Holding all sound like heavy and saccharine titles, but they’re the titles of Wagner’s Cellphone Trilogy. I feel like these is a good example of what I like about Wagner--super heavy, sad and serious, but also deeply sarcastic.

Patience, Dan Clowes

Ghost World was a defining text of my teens, and I will read anything by Clowes.

The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch

Just finished The Severed Head, and was really digging the nonchalant descriptions of drunkenness and rage and the oppressively polite manners of the characters. The Sea, The Sea (another fake memoir) is a great title.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson

Exorcisms! Coming of age! Sounds great.