Burlesque, Fairies, and The Rozz-Tox Manifesto | What We’re Reading
This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers are reading narratives of risqué histories and the earliest movement toward establishing racial equality in local U.S. public schools, media criticism, and discussions of gender. Oh, yes, a few novels are mentioned here and there.
Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, LJ
I’m reading Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America by Leslie Zemeckis and Blaze Starr.
Josh Hadro, Executive Editor, LJ
I have some ambitious plans to finish China Miéville’s Kraken ASAP, and then start Douglas Rushkoff’s new book, Present Shock.
Stephanie Klose, Media Editor, LJ
Jo Walton’s Nebula– and Hugo–winning Among Others has long been one of those books I’ve heard is great but never read.
Molly McArdle, Assistant Book Review Editor, LJ
I just started a book I’ll be reviewing for LJ‘s education section First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School School.
Chelsey Philpot, Associate Book Review Editor, SLJ
I am very excited to have finally received a library copy of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright.
Meredith Schwartz, News Editor, LJ
I’m reading Gender on Planet Earth by Ann Oakley.
Henrietta Thornton-Verma, Reviews Editor, LJ
I took out my well-worn copy of Letters from Motherless Daughters: Words of Courage, Grief, and Healing by Hope Edelman.…Edelman’s Motherless Mothers: How Mother Loss Shapes the Parents We Become has been perfect over the years too.