Given that you're reading this and are thus presumably interested in some way in some aspect or other of what goes on here at Harvard University Press (ever wonder what the building looks like? Click here! See all those window ACs? That's because this is Boston, we don't do central air! Also since the building was constructed around the time of the First World War, we'd have to gut the place to pieces in order to actually install it), some of you might be wondering what Harvard University Press employees actually read when we're not hard at work freaking out about page counts, typos, orphan lines (that's when a single line of a paragraph appears all by its lonesome at the bottom of a page--it looks hideous, and if you should ever find one in a book you've purchased you should drown it in red ink, mail it back to the publisher, and demand a refund of five to six times the purchase price in order to pay for the therapy you'll need to recover), or any number of matters that sadly to most will appear pedantic to a degree that borders on the offensive (no apologies here--to people like us, kerning really does matter).
Anyway, we read the books we publish, of course (someone's got to, not to mention the fact that YES THEY ARE AWESOME), but in order to get a break from "academic non-fiction," sometimes we read other stuff, like magazines! And not just The New Yorker! And although it's easy for us to forget what the word "fiction" means, sometimes we read that too. With that in mind, a representative sample of our ultra-cool and sophisticated employee base was consulted in order that we might ascertain what non-HUP material they are reading right now, i.e. no cheating or cherry-picking something you read six months ago because you think will make you seem cooler. This is HUP unvarnished and (somewhat) free of vanity, plus it gives us a chance to link to other publishers who are putting out cool stuff, and for once, to stop talking about ourselves. So, after the break please find our humble suggestions for your fall reading list (like anyone has time for one of those)--enjoy.