Logos, Lost Films, and the Life of Montaigne | What We’re Reading

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading practical books, spooky books, and books to savor.

Bill Grover, Marketing Designer, LJ

I have two books right now: Logo Creed: The Mystery, Magic, and Method Behind Designing Great Logos by Bill Gardner (Rockport)—pretty self-explanatory. The other is Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier (S. & S.), which is a really interesting discussion of the ever changing digital economy and the value of data. Sounds exciting, I know.

Molly McArdle, Assistant Book Review Editor, LJ

I’ve been wavering on my next book, having really loved the smart, prickly, lovely stories in Samuel R. Delaney’s Aye, and Gomorrah, but now I am ready for something different: a big, consuming plot. I dabbled in Janice Clark’s forthcoming novel The Rathbones (Doubleday. Aug.), but that wasn’t what I was looking for, precisely, yet. I’ve settled into Night Film (Random. Aug.), Marisha Pessl’s second book about a reclusive film director whose movies terrify (and inspire other, real-life terrors), his 24-year-old daughter, who is found dead in an abandoned warehouse, and a disgraced journalist whose career is inextricably linked to both. This is NOT the kind of book I usually, or really ever, read: so creepy! But right now its smooth, assured pacing is exactly what I need.

Chelsey Philpot, Associate Book Review Editor, SLJ

I am still dipping in and out of Sarah Bakewell’s fantastic biography of philosopher Michel de Montaigne, How To Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer (Other). It’s one of those books that you treat like a rich dessert: to make it last as long as possible, you only take a bite at a time.

I managed to snag the galley for Printz Award winner Nick Lake’s new YA novel, Hostage Three (Bloomsbury. Oct.), and that will be my weekend reading…that and my ever-growing stack of New Yorker and New York magazines. Sigh. It’s hard to keep up!


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Molly McArdle (mmcardle@mediasourceinc.com, @mollitudo on Twitter) is Assistant Editor, Library Journal Book Review. She also manages the Library Journal tumblr.