Citizen Reading 5 June 2017: Wonky Eye Vacation Edition.
David Shields's "Other People: Takes and Mistakes."

Citizen Reading: 12 June 2017 (truncated version).

A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.

Welcome to another truncated version of Citizen Reading, while I give my eyes a rest. The good news is, my retina guy (I have an issue with my right eye that I have to monitor--I almost said "keep an eye on," but I won't, woops, just did--so I have the pleasure of getting to see a specialized "retina guy") says my issue is not causing the problem, and the eye looks good. So what is the problem? Who knows. It is improving, and we're going to hope for the best, although that sort of thing doesn't come naturally to me.

In the meantime, I've been cleaning, getting ready to host a family party, gardening, doing other work, and watching the boys--in other words, living like a non-reader. And let me tell you...WHO CAN STAND TO LIVE LIKE THIS? I am making an effort to take it easy for a bit, but I am so hungry for text that anything that passes through my hands gets hungrily read by both my eyes--the backs of cereal boxes; the box the Miracle-Gro fertilizer came in; my credit card bill. I don't know how people live without reading.

So, this week, just a bit of news and some book lists. Hope your summer is starting off well.


Is the personal essay boom over? Long live the personal essay!

I don't really want to watch the Netflix adaptation of "A Series of Unfortunate Events"...but if they put Nathan Fillion in the cast, they're just not playing fair.

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction: Winner.


A new book from novelist Teju Cole that is a mix of text and photography.

A new memoir about death...and "handling it with humor."

New York Times: A book predicting doom for the advertising agency?; the Times's take on the memoir Priestdaddy, by a woman whose father was a Catholic priest (this book wasn't for me, but I knew I wasn't in the mood before I even started it); history about Russia and how Lenin came to power; about al Qaeda and the Islamic State by counterterrorism expert Ali Soufan.


Best Books of 2017 So Far.

19 of the funniest books coming out this summer.

PopSugar: Books for Dads.

Vulture: Seven books you need to read this June.

8 fascinating books about the Salem witch trials.

Pride Month 2017: 5 LGBTQ+ Books.

AND...that's it for me today. Have a great week, everyone.