Adrienne LaFrance

Executive Editor, Atlantic

“I’m the sort of reader who likes to have three or four books going at once—here’s what’s in the mix for me right now.”

Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy
by Larry Tye

Like many Americans, I’m trying to understand the events of January 6 and how to place them in a historical and cultural context. That’s what inspired me to pick this up.

For similar reasons, and because I am a journalist who has been preoccupied with the rise of conspiracism for most of my career, I am also reading The Great Fear of 1789: Rural Panic in Revolutionary France, written nearly 100 years ago by Georges Lefebvre.

I read poetry constantly, and I’ve been slowly working my way through Linda Gregg’s various collections, most recently The Sacraments of Desire. I can’t recommend her highly enough.

by Min Jin Lee

Everyone raved about this novel, so I finally picked it up, and now I can see why.

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