Top 10 books to read right now

Top 10 books to read right now:

1.      Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth

Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth
I picked up this British novel about two hard-partying friends after the Cut interviewed the author. Most of the press (including ours) focused on the truly heroic amount of drugs and booze consumed by the main characters, but what I found most powerful about this book was the portrait of a passionate, albeit totally unhealthy, friendship between two women. Laura and Tyler have a relationship that’s both empowering and enabling, and Emma Jane Unwsorth writes about it in a way that feels real, honest, and not at all judgmental.” —Izzy Grinspan, Senior Editor 

2.     The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls follows the story of Evie Boyd, a teen growing up in Northern California in the 1960s who becomes part of a murderous cult. Though the book is loosely based on the story of the Manson Family, it takes creative liberties in all the right places: specifically, when Cline delves into the emotional trauma and drama of being a young woman. Perfect for the beach. —Jessica Roy, news editor

Top 10 books to read right now

3.       The Bed Moved by Rebecca Schiff

The Bed Moved by Rebecca Schiff
“‘I only know about parent death and sluttiness,’ begins Schiff’s story ‘Write What You Know.’ In her hands, these are vast, rich subjects. I finished this brief collection and only wished there were many more stories. (But look! Here’s an essay Schiff wrote for the Cut.)” — Molly Fischer, senior editor

4.       My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
“Over the summer it seemed like all anybody could talk about was how great this random Italian author was and how her books were magnificent pillars of literary accomplishment. Sure, whatever, I thought, and turned back to my YA novel. But guess what: They were right! My Brilliant Friendis the first of four books in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels series, which sheds light on the intimacies of adolescence, womanhood, and female friendship. I just finished the last book in the series, and now I’m even kind of dreading going back to my light YA fare.” —Jessica Roy, Senior Writer

5.     American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis

American Housewife Stories by Helen Ellis
You don’t have to know Helen Ellis’s backstory to appreciate her exquisitely weird little short stories, but it helps: She’s a self-described Upper East Side “housewife” with a viral Twitter account, @WhatIDoAllDay, that documents the life of leisure. She’s also a nationally acclaimed card sharp. Her stories are funny, dark, and surreal, like George Saunders by way of Park Avenue. The one about the book club legit gave me nightmares. —Izzy Grinspan, senior editor

Top 10 books to read right now

6.     Wheat Belly by William Davis 

“Is there anything sadder than a book about the downside of delicious, comforting, ever-abundant wheat? According to author and cardiologist William Davis, wheat is the source of a host of medical conditions, including diabetes, obesity, cognitive impairment, and bad skin. He blames this on a combination of modern hybrid wheat strains and GMOs. If there’s any strong takeaway, it’s that wheat is everywhere, even in foods you wouldn’t expect. Though for the record, I just ate an egg sandwich this morning. I guess I’m not a quick study.” — Ashley Weatherford, associate beauty editor 

7.      A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Most YA centers around a wildly unrealistic romance and while I usually find that entertaining, this book is not that kind of YA novel. V.E. Schwab focuses on parallel Londons and one magician, Kell, who travels between them. There’s Red London, which is a vivid and thriving place with magic, while Grey London is dreary and a close facsimile of the one in our world. White London is cold and vicious, and no one speaks of Black London. Kell meets Lila, a thief who has aspirations of being a pirate. The two deal with power-crazed rulers and other nefarious plots. It’s an easy, fun read without all the tired young-love angst.” —Diana Tsui, Senior Market Editor


8.     The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers
I bought this book in the hope that one day I, too, can run shit. Also, my friend told me that Charlamagne Tha God is constantly quoting from it, so I know I’m in good company. It’s a long read, and I’m not entirely finished, but so far I’ve learned handy bits of information, like trust no one, be deceitful, and make sure folks stay perpetually dependent on me. Sure, I may lose some friends on my climb to power, but you know what they say: It’s lonely at the top. —Ashley Weatherford, associate beauty editor

Top 10 books to read right now

9.     Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
“Seeing that I was mired a state of post–Maggie Nelson Bluets/The Argonauts what-do-I-read-next?-fueled despair, a friend recommended Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation, which is a beautiful book about the dissolution of a marriage, written in short vignettes. It’s funny, sad, and moving all at the same time, and I would gladly have read about 600 more pages.” — Aude White, publicis

10. The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
“I found myself in a nightmare scenario: about to face six cumulative hours of bus travel over two days, having just finished my last book with nothing else lined up. I grabbed The Newlyweds from the office book pile because I had been meaning to read it for a couple of years, and it hasn’t disappointed. It’s a thoroughly engrossing tale of a cross-cultural marriage, and you’re certain to become emotionally invested in the main character.” — Gabriella Paiella, staff writer

Top 10 books to read right now

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