Yes, we’re a center for writers. But we’re all readers at heart.
A good book goes a long way to freshen the mind and keep the creativity flowing. Here’s how the StoryStudio staff is staying sane in January.
The Book of Salt by Monique Truong
Our Winter 2014 selection for StoryStudio Reads: “On my third or fourth reading of this novel, I’m still struck by the gorgeous sentences and winding trail through time.” -Jill Pollack
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
“The most recent Booker Prize Winner, Luminaries offers a great plot and construction, and it takes place in my beloved New Zealand. Definitely worth the read, but go for plot. Its characters are fun, but sort of like new friends you meet at a party and never think of again.” -Jill Pollack
The White Forest by Adam McOmber
“I picked up The White Forest after taking Adam’s Ghost Stories class at StoryStudio on Halloween. It was a fun and spooky read, made even more enjoyable because I had the opportunity to hear Adam talk about the research that went into this Gothic Victorian thriller. Not only is the setting historically accurate, but the writing style heavily borrows from Victorian-era ghost stories.” -Maria Hlohowskyj
Gulp by Mary Roach.
“I discovered the amazing fact that indigestion in the 19th century was often diagnosed as ‘snakes in the belly.’ I am absolutely using this in my next book.” –Jennifer Ann Coffeen
A True Novel by Minae Mizumura
“This clever adaptation of Wuthering Heights showed up in my mailbox last week (thanks, Shelf Awareness!), and I haven’t been able to put it down. Mizumura drops us off (eventually) in post-war Japan, where we learn the histories and secrets of some of some truly compelling and quirky characters. A True Novel has it all: romance, mystery, beautiful writing, and a 161-page prologue.” –Colton Gigot
Hild by Nicola Griffith
“A wonderful telling of the early life of St. Hilda of Whitby, circa 650 AD. But this “Hild” is a unique creature who must pay attention to detail in order to survive. The language is transporting, and Griffith writes in an intense, close 3rd person that leaves Hild haunting you long after the book ends. I think this will be next year’s Booker winner.” –Jill Pollack
The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf
“A slim novel written in the mid 1800’s as a parable about loyalty to God. It’s gruesome: the devil appears in a sort of Robin Hood garb, and these villagers more or less sell their souls for his help.” –Scott Onak
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
“I’m savoring each story in this collection. There is so much detail in each one, and a lot of tension, too, especially because not a lot happens in the majority of the stories. But when something does happen—wow. I should speed up my reading, though; I want to be finished before the miniseries (starring Frances McDormand!) comes out.” –Maria Hlohowskyj