9 Books We’re Reading Right Now

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Welcome to the Cut Book Club, a new monthly feature in which we talk about what we're reading — like a regular book club, but minus the bucketfuls of red wine. Our first list ranges from short stories to searing social commentary and includes not one but two books that have been described as "nerdy." (Which is nerdier? You decide!) Scroll down to see what we're reading this month, and let us know if you've also read any of them in the comments.

1. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff 
"I've heard Fates and Furies described as a 'literary Gone Girl' and that's pretty accurate. Pros: It's a mysterious page-turner that easily shifts between hilarious and heartbreaking. Cons: It's unbearably overwritten in parts. Still better than most of the books I've read recently (sorry, Drinking and Tweeting)." —Jessica Roy, Senior Writer

2. Wrath of God: The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 by Edward Paice
"I know, this is the nerdiest book possible, but it is fascinating — brings 18th-century Lisbon alive (I knew nothing about it, DID YOU?). Paice describes every detail of life in a bustling port, then lets you in on how it all comes crumbling down." —Mikki Halpin, Deputy Editor 

3. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
"To Kill a Mockingbird might be highly praised, but people forget that Tom Robinson, the black character wrongly accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell, was never freed and was eventually lynched. Author Bryan Stevenson is a real-life Atticus Finch, but he actually saves people from the corrupt American criminal-justice system. He does so with incredible grace, substance, and clarity — I found this book incredibly moving." —Lindsay Peoples, Associate Market Editor

4. The Clasp by Sloane Crosley
"The Clasp is a masterful story of friends struggling to fit together now that their lives haven't gone as planned, of how to separate the real from the fake." —Aude White, Public Relations Associate 

5. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
"I like thinking about machinations and about New York. This has both! WAY more manageable length-wise than Caro's Johnson biographies, but still wins you major cred with dads." —Molly Fischer, Senior Editor

6. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 
"Blessed by mama Toni Morrison’s words as 'required reading,' Between the World and Me is a breathtaking assessment of what it’s like to be black and live in America. Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks with a trenchant honesty that might make you uncomfortable — but that’s okay, and actually part of the point. As he explained to his son in the book: 'This is your country, that this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.'” —Ashley Weatherford, Associate Beauty Editor

7. Hild by Nicola Griffith 
"Hild was pitched to me as 'feminist Game of Thrones,' and that pitch is not wrong. It's long and nerdy and involves many descriptions of Dark Ages fashion, and I loved every word." —Izzy Grinspan, Senior Editor

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8. Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes
"Easy-to-like stories about subjects you'd encounter on the Cut — teenage girls, dogs, relationships, sex."  —Jen Gann, Senior Copy Editor 

9. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
"I love reading immigrant narratives, and Smith tackles cultural differences with a thoughtful sense of humor." —Leah Rodriguez, Producer