A Capella Book‘s Courtney Irene Conroy is here to give you her best advice on how to hit to books this summer.
A: Matthew Thomas’ upcoming title, “We Are Not Ourselves,” is a sprawling debut about a young Irish-American girl’s coming of age. I’m also really looking forward to Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl” and to “Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gray.
Q: Which lesser-known authors should people get to know?
A: Lesser-known authors, Atlanta edition: Josh Russell and Blake Butler. Start with Russell’s “A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, and Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag: A Novel” and Butler’s “Nothing: A Memoir of Insomnia.”
Q: What book format do you prefer to read?
A: Recently, I’ve been listening to some things on tape, especially at the gym. I listened to Walter Kirn’s “Blood Will Out,” chillingly narrated by Stephen Bell Davies, and it was excellent.
Q: How can someone pick a winner in the bookstore?
A: Ask one of the employees for the best or worst book they’ve been reading. If a book is disliked enough to inspire invective, there might be something to it. Just don;t go by book jacket design. This only works with wine labels.