Laura’s List of Recent Reads

Laura Sager is new to the TextbookHub team. With an MA in English and a Masters in Library Science, Laura has experience in research and marketing communications for large and small organizations – including ebooks.

The list of books to read is always long. Here are a few I’ve finished in the last few weeks.

A Month in Siena

  • Hisham Matar’s A Month in Siena is a quiet personal story of his father, a political prisoner, amid the backdrop of beautiful Siena and its Renaissance art.
  • Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem by Michael Schmidt is a book to read backwards. His essays about transliteration and the incomplete nature of Gilgamesh should be read before the tablet-by-tablet summaries. I’ve been a fan of Gilgamesh since my own ancient times.
  • Coventry is a collection of essays by Rachel Cusk on several “best of” lists. It’s so packed with ideas (and gorgeous prose) I’ve been taking notes! Have you ever been “sent to Coventry”?
  • They Called Us Enemy is a graphic memoir by Star Trek actor, George Takai. Living on the West Coast, it feels especially important to me to be a witness to this history.
  • I like to keep tabs on YA and middle grade, and Taina Talgemeier’s new book, Guts, is a compassionate story about having anxiety and growing up.
  • Lastly, I also love picture books! When Sadness is at Your Door by Eva Eland is a lovely book that tells an honest, kind story about sadness. Sadness is a character, and by naming it, we understand that it’s just a feeling that may come and go.

What are you reading right now? Let me know at!

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