Nerdette Book Club is off to an excellent start with our first selection of 2024, Jonathan Abernathy You are Kind by Molly McGhee! Jonathan, our protagonist, is burdened with hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt and can’t seem to catch a break. When he has the chance to participate in a federal debt forgiveness employment program, he jumps at it. But the job is extremely strange – he becomes a dream auditor, which means he’s editing workers’ stress dreams so that they perform better at their jobs. The deeper he delves into the dream world, the harder it is for him to stand on solid ground in his waking life.
It’s a heck of a premise, and our readers this month are Maya Lau, the host of the personal finance podcast Other Peoples’ Pockets and Nick Quah, podcast critic for Vulture.
We do get into spoilers in the conversation! If you’re not ready to find out what happens yet, listen to our spoiler-free conversation with author Molly McGhee here first.
And in case you want to read ahead, we have the next three months of books chosen! Here they are:
February: Come and Get It by Kiley Reid
March: Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar
April: Beautyland by Marie-Helene Bertino