Can't Wait to Read

Can't Wait to Read!

To me, summer used to be about escapism. I discovered my love of reading as a young man by spending the afternoon thunderstorms digging into huge paperback adventures, things like Clive Cussler’s Raise the Titanic, or science fiction about planet-killing comets. As I got older, I managed enough good fortune to learn that these kinds of books were written by actual, verifiable human beings, a prospect I hadn’t really considered as a pre-teen. And once I fell in love with an author, I learned that I wanted to read all of what they’d done. I’ve heard theorists refer to this as reading vertically, but I didn’t need a name for it; whether it was John Irving in high school or Harry Crews and Don DeLillo in college, or everything from Defoe to Lydia Davis to Alice Munro in graduate school, I wanted to know exactly when a favorite author’s new book was coming out. In the 90s, I took writing classes at night and a part-time job at the Borders books closest to my house, mostly for the employee discount and the chance to sneak away with an advance copy of the latest fiction. That’s how I discovered Rick Moody, Lorrie Moore, Frederick Barthelme, and a few others. To me, the Tuesday of publication day always has a certain excitement. So here are a few that I definitely would have stolen from the Borders stockroom, if Borders still existed. 

Can't Wait to Read!

Can't Wait to Read!

Today's Can't Wait to Read is double wide, 12 books that came out last week or are coming out this week.

This list is in alpha order by author. As with any book we feature in Spine, we encourage you to head to your local library or bookstore to grab a copy.

If you are an author, agent, or publicist and want your work/the work of one of your authors considered for inclusion, be sure to get in touch with Spine at susanna@spinemagazine.co.

Can't Wait to Read!

Can't Wait to Read!

Today's Can't Wait to Read picks, books out last week and this, were chosen by author Elizabeth J. Church, author of The Atomic Weight of Love and All the Beautiful Girls (out now in paperback!), and Spine Authors Editor Susanna Baird. Church wrote lovely explanations as why she chose her books, and we liked them so much, we're changing it up and going with her format. "EC" or "SB" after each title indicates which of us chose which!

This list is in no particular order and, as with any book we feature in Spine, we encourage you to head to your local library or bookstore to grab a copy.

Can't Wait to Read!

Can't Wait to Read!

Today's Can't Wait to Read picks, all books coming out this week, were chosen by Spine Contributing Writer Rachel Skelton and Spine Authors Editor Susanna Baird. This list is in no particular order and, as with any book we feature in Spine, we encourage you to head to your local library or bookstore to grab a copy.

If you are an author, agent, or publicist and want your work/the work of one of your authors considered for inclusion, be sure to get in touch with Spine at susanna@spinemagazine.co.

Can't Wait to Read!

Can't Wait to Read!

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Can't Wait to Read!, where we celebrate titles coming out this week. Today's picks were chosen by Spine Authors Editor Susanna Baird. This list is in no particular order and, as with any book we feature in Spine, we encourage you to head to your local library or bookstore to grab a copy.

Can't Wait to Read!