Brian Croxall from Emory University is here to give you his best advice on how to hit the books!
Q: What genre do you recommend people explore?
A: Poetry. But rather than just one poem from one author and one from another as we read so often in school, I suggest that people read an entire book of poems by one author. I’d recommend one “Thrall” by U.S. Poet Laureate and Emory faculty member Natasha Trethewey.
Q: What are your favorite books released this year?
A: One of my favorites is Thomas Pynchon’s “Bleeding Edge,” a tale of the dot-com bust and 9/11.
Q: What titles will teens enjoy?
A: As a young teenager, I was obsessed with Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain and Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising Sequence. Both are classic fantasy tales, but with less wizards than personal growth. China Mieville’s “Railsea” is a more recent novel that should grab teens. I also recommend Scott Westerfeld and Philip Reeve for those interested in smart young adult fiction.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: Mark Z. Danielewski’s “House of Leaves.” It is about a house that is larger on the inside than out, and it is the scariest novel I’ve ever read.
Q: How can someone pick a winner in the bookstore?
A: Ask a bookstore employee! They really do know what they’re talking about!