#THEPOOLREADS This week we're reading... 1 min #THEPOOLREADS This week we're reading... 1 min Armistead Maupin's fascinating Logical Family, a Gabriel Garcia Marquez classic and Talking To My Daughter About The Economy Added on 17.11.17 Posted on 17.11.17 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Email LinkedIn Armistead Maupin's fascinating Logical Family, a Gabriel Garcia Marquez classic and Talking To My Daughter About The Economy Posted on 17.11.17 Caroline O’Donoghue is reading… The Talented Miss Highsmith by Joan Schenkar Yes, I'm still going through my Patricia Highsmith phase, only now I've moved on to this 700-page biography that is frankly so detailed that I feel like I know Highsmith better than I know my own mother. This is the kind of biography you either love or hate: it's non-linear, so it jumps around to different eras of the writer's life. Schenkar is also uninterested in remaining impartial, so the whole book is littered with her take on what Highsmith might have been thinking. It feels like a fever dream, this biography, which is exactly how Highsmith's fiction feels. • BUY The Talented Miss Highsmith on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Daisy Buchanan is reading… Logical Family by Armistead Maupin I'm a huge fan of Armistead Maupin’s novels and his other writing, but even if you don't know Maupin, it's well worth a read as he lived a fascinating life and it's an especially resonant read for now - he writes about his life as a young Republican and on what life was like in Carolina before he found his way to San Francisco (and liberalism and LGBTQ activism) via Vietnam. It's gloriously gossipy, painfully poignant, lushly poetic and it will speak to anyone who has been in love, lost or found a family or dreamed of being a writer. • BUY Logical Family on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Hannah Banks-Walker is reading… Love In THE Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez I'm reading Love in the time of cholera- one of those books I sort of assumed I'd read and then realised I actually hadn't. It's so beautifully moving and describes the kind of romantic love that's so brilliantly over the top and all-consuming that's it's completely captivating to read. Marquez is a genius- he makes it look effortless. • BUY Love In A Time Of Cholera on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Deborah Castle is reading… Talking to My Daughter About the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis As an adult I feel I have only the most tenuous grasp when I hear about the economy, and this book's author says that if people can't understand what economists are telling us, it because they are doing their job wrong. (And he should know, since he was Greek minister of finance.) This is an engaging, funny and well explained story on how societies and economies were formed, and how it relates to present day. • BUY Talking to My Daughter About the Economy on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Emily Baker is reading… How To Be Both by Ali Smith I've been putting off reading How To Be Both for the last three years, simply because I thought it was too smart for me. Turns out I was half right – it's a really cleverly structured novel, but Ali Smith's beautiful writing makes it not only understandable, but functional too. It's split into two halves, the first about a 16-year-old girl in the months following her mother's death while the second voice is of a painter in the renaissance era. I don't want to give too much away, but their two stories intertwine and interact in unexpected ways, without being convoluted or forced. I swallowed it whole within a week. • BUY How To Be Both on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.