#fridayreads

Whether you are failing to write an adequate review of Justin Torres’ We the Animals, moving to a new apartment this weekend in the uber-literary Somerville, Massachusetts, or just looking forward to seeing “Moneyball,” this is what you should be reading this Friday, the last day of September.

(The above are all about me. I apologize.)

Hannah Pittard’s The Fates Will Find Their Way
Pittard, the 2006 winner of the Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, unleashed her debut novel last January. Reviews were, for the most part, positive. I picked up an advance reader copy of this at a certain unnamed bookstore in Boston which, I’m pretty sure, shouldn’t be selling ARCs! Even if it was for, you know, one measly dollar. Even if it did, I admit, make my day.

John Warner’s The Funny Man
Released Tuesday, Warner’s novel explores the strangely unfunny world of comedy. But if Michael Ian Black’s clunky blurb has any weight to it, I expect this to be a very entertaining read. Look for a review next week.

Jonah Keri’s The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First
Moneyball, this is not. Keri used to be a financial writer, writing about baseball only in his (seemingly fulsome) spare time. Now he’s fully focused on baseball, and in The Extra 2%, Keri looks at how the Tampa Bay Rays—you may have heard about them sometime yesterday—have used financial principles to build a better baseball team. A timely, worthwhile read.

Matt Taibbi’s Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squid, and the Long Con That is Breaking America
The “Occupy Wall Street” protests continue. Taibbi’s book on the soulless nature of high finance serves as not only an accessible manual on corruption for laymen but also a well-written, humorous read.

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