What to Read on the Subway This Week: 11/19
This week, read one of Hemingway’s last novels, Erin Morganstern’s debut about dark magicians, a theory on the last days of Amelia Earhart, and even a blog about economics. But whatever you choose, be prepared to be surprised: These readings reveal that nothing is quite what you assume.
On Your Kindle
The Night Circus, by Erin Morganstern
The Night Circus opens with a taunting phrase: “The circus arrives without warning.” From that visual image, the author weaves a tale of 19th-century intrigue and conflict between two mysterious men and their apprentices, Celia and Marco. Celia, the illegitimate daughter of a stage magician, is trained from an early age to duel against Marco, the adopted protégé of her father’s rival, utilizing her telepathic skills. Morganstern’s debut novel will appeal to fans of fantasy and magical realism and leave you eager to know the fate of the two neglected children.
On Your Smartphone
Earhart Mystery Solved? Salon.com
A fan of female pilot Amelia Earhart? Then you’ll know that her fate is an ongoing mystery: Lost 75 years ago during a flight to set the world record as the first woman to circle the globe, Earhart may be more famous in death than in life. Recently, a team of investigators attempted to discover the wreckage of Earhart’s plane. But is their evidence enough to determine what really happened to America’s most well-known female pilot?
On a Podcast
The co-authors of bestseller Freakonomics, Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt, explore the hidden economic ramifications of many pop culture topics. From mass transit's impact on global warming to the cost of college, this podcast is an interesting look at contemporary culture for the financially minded and those seeking to understand the role of economics in everyday life.
The Garden of Eden, by Ernest Hemingway
This late Hemingway novel represents a return to many famed themes of the author's early writing, including the difficulties of post-war life and the cryptic nature of human relationships. In The Garden of Eden, a glamorous married couple honeymoon on the French Riviera in the years following World War I and become embroiled in a dark love triangle with another woman. While the manuscript was edited following Hemingway’s suicide and only published in the 1980s, the novel’s ménage à trois is intriguing for Hemingway’s emphasis on sexuality and identity.
Photo courtesy of Francisco Osorio.
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