Simon & Schuster
Why we’re reading it: You’ve likely seen at least part of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult classic, The Room, the film called the Citizen Kane of bad movies” by Entertainment Weekly. The Disaster Artist is a new non-fiction book by Greg Sestero, co-star of The Room, and journalist Tom Bissell. It tells of Greg’s experience making the movie and about his relationship with the very mysterious Wiseau.
Why we’re reading it: If you’ve read any of Tartt’s other work, you’re likely aware of the epic, literary nature of it. The Goldfinch, Tartt’s first novel in 11 years, is a nearly 1,000 page read which promises no less. Expect lots of sophisticated mystery in what is one of the most hotly anticipated books of the year.
Why we’re reading it: Eggers’s work, it’s fair to say, is a bit divisive. The Circle is the story of a woman working at an increasingly powerful and dystopic internet company in California (think Google, Facebook, and Twitter all rolled into one). The novel, which has yet to be published, widely reviewed, or read, has been the topic of recent conversation led by Katherine Losse, a former Facebook employee who wrote her own, non-fiction account (2012's The Boy Kings) of life at an internet startup and has argued that there are some details of her story which Eggers might have lifted for his own work.
Why we’re reading it: First, it’s Stephen King! A followup to his much-beloved classic The Shining, Doctor Sleep tells the story of Danny Torrance, the now grown protagonist of the first book. Devotees of King have probably dreamed of this follow-up more fervently than they’ve waited for a new installment of The Dark Tower Series, and the aforementioned Margaret Atwood called it a “very good specimen of the quintessential King blend” in her New York Times review.
Our favorite King: It’s not easy to just pick one, so let’s go with two: King’s recent 11/22/63 is a gripping, time travelling novel which revolves around the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But if you are really looking for something to keep you awake all night, King’s Dark Tower Series, which begins with 1982’s The Gunslinger, is considered rightly to be his best and most epic work.
Why we’re reading it: Bleeding Edge sees the master of the paranoid style directing his polymath imagination towards New York startups in the months before 9/11. It starts with Hashslingrz, a flashy dot-com with sketchy accounting practices, but before the end, we’ve followed the noirish trail of clues through Russian mob hideouts and into a surreal Second Life pastiche called DeepArcher, chasing a CIA plot that’s always just out of reach. Pynchon doesn’t trust the web — but then again, he doesn’t trust anything.
available now, Random House
Why we’re reading it: Night Film comes with an interesting easter egg — install a companion app, and you can scan pages to find extra images or video. Like the app, the book is about finding secrets, and about the dangers of interpreting them. It’s a dark interplay between a disgraced journalist and the man who has become his defining obsession: a Kubrick-esque filmmaker whose work seems to have an almost supernatural effect on its devotees.