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“How Have I Not Read This?” June Book Club Pick

How Have I Not Read This? A Visit from the Goon Squad

How Have I Not Read This? is back with a brand new selection! Join us on June 11 for an exciting discussion of A Visit from the Goon Squad with the author, Jennifer Egan, and musician and writer Michelle Zauner. Browse full details below, and be sure to read along with us at #HowHaveINotReadThis.

When it was first published in 2010, A Visit from the Goon Squad was hailed by Time magazine as “a new classic of American fiction” and won that year’s Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, becoming a major national bestseller. More recently, earlier this year Entertainment Weekly named it “the best book of the decade.”

This stunningly original novel follows Bennie, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, a passionate and troubled young woman he employs, revealing their pasts along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. It’s an exhilarating story of music, self-destruction, and redemption.

Find out more about the book, read an excerpt, and print a reader’s guide that includes a special note from the author.

Event Details:
• THURSDAY, JUNE 11. Register here and add to your calendar.

• DIGITAL DOORS: 6:40 p.m. EDT (Be the first to submit a question/participate in chat.)

• EVENT START: 7:00 p.m. EDT (or shortly after once all are checked in)

• Hosted in partnership with Greenlight Bookstore. Order your copy of A Visit from the Goon Squad from Greenlight here.

• NOTE: This is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom—you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.

Featured Participants:
JENNIFER EGAN is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her most recent novel, Manhattan Beach, a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She is President of PEN America.

MICHELLE ZAUNER is a writer and musician, performing music under the moniker Japanese Breakfast. She has spent the last several years touring the world following the release of her two critically acclaimed albums: Psychopomp and Soft Sounds from Another Planet. Both of her records focus heavily on the death of her mother and her grieving process. In 2016, she won Glamour magazine’s essay of the year for “Love, Loss, and Kimchi”, and in 2018 her essay “Crying in H Mart” was published in The New Yorker. Knopf will publish her memoir, Crying in H Mart, in 2021.