New this week:
YOU’RE ON AN AIRPLANE By Parker Posey. Read by the author. (Penguin Audio.) Posey, a cult favorite for her indie film roles, offers a chance here to imagine yourself seated next to her on a plane, able to ask anything — a fantasy for many a bearded hipster. She tells of her Southern childhood and an idiosyncratic acting career. CATWOMAN By Sarah J. Maas. Read by Julia Whelan. (Listening Library.) In this outing, part of the DC Icons series, Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, has free range in Gotham with Batman off on an important mission. She deploys her claws for good and evil. A POLAROID GUY IN A SNAPCHAT WORLD By David Spade. Read by the author. (Audible.) The “Saturday Night Live” alum reflects on the challenges of dating in his 50s, including how you break up with someone over text. In his own goofy voice, Spade’s is a journey into the travails of middle age from someone who is still trying to pick up young women. THE COMING STORM By Michael Lewis. Read by the author. (Audible.) The blockbuster nonfiction storyteller offers his look at the science of weather prediction and how the government handles information about the storms on their way. Lewis wrote this piece as one of four original works for Audible, and it shows off his ability to humanize and make fascinating even the most arcane data. A ROOM WITH A VIEW By E. M. Forster. Read by Rebecca Hall. (Audible.) The classic story of Lucy Honeychurch, the young woman torn about whether to follow her passion or conform to social norms, interpreted by Hall, a mainstay of the British stage.
In which we ask colleagues at The Times what they’re reading now.
“Rachel Cusk is receiving a lot of attention for her new novel, ‘Kudos,’ and rightly so. It’s the final installment in her post-narrative, conversation-fueled trilogy, which, from start to finish, upends the foundations of captivating and meaningful fiction. But it’s Cusk’s earlier memoir, A LIFE’S WORK, about her first year of motherhood, that has earned a permanent and essential place on my nightstand this year. Reflecting much of my psychological experience as a new mother, the memoir scrutinizes pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding and other aspects of early parenting with a brutal but crucial honesty. Cusk repeatedly returns to the biggest challenge of all: the immediate and lasting chasm between a woman’s individual identity and her role as mother. ‘Birth is not merely that which divides women from men: It also divides women from themselves, so that a woman’s understanding of what it is to exist has profoundly changed,’ she writes. I am forever grateful to this tirelessly insightful classic for articulating the alternating anguish and transcendence that comes with this life’s work.”
— Megan Twohey, investigative reporter
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