Reading... we all say we're doing it. But here are some tailored recs, just in case.


elcome to Ask the JamFam, where we ask expert culture writers, seasoned couch-sitters, and members of the JamFam the most pressing chilling-adjacent questions on our mind.

Anyway, we swear we are reading stuff right now. Here's a shortlist of books that have helped us all get through.

Vikram Murthi: Warlock by Oakley Hall

Brianna Holt: All About Love by bell hooks

Alphonse Pierre: Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Larry Fitzmaurice: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

Dayna Evans: I read Robert Caro's book about writing, "Working." It made me feel like I *also* wrote four biographies of an American president and one thousand-page book about the architect of 20th century New York. It's good to feel accomplished for doing absolutely nothing.

Winston Cook-Wilson: Valeria Luiselli's The Story of My Teeth

Corban Goble: Wolf Hall trilogy but especially the closing sequence which made me feel like I was tripping balls

Joanna Rothkopf: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Otis Blum: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Hunter Harris: When Jada Pinkett Smith tweeted "There's some healing that needs to happen. I'm taking myself to the red table."

Paul Hinkes: Fiction: Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. This book is nearly 70 years old but (sadly re: our culture) reads/scans as an incredibly modern piece.

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