With Memorial Day now behind us, we turn our attention to all the grand things summer promises: steamy thunderstorms at dusk; BBQs that last all weekend; bike rides that can go on for hours; sundresses and sandals; Gin & Tonics; outdoor festivals; road trips; and long, lazy beach days. Summer, of course, would not be complete without our steady companion for many of these seasonal favorites: books. Here are a few books I’m looking forward to reading:
On every important list of recommended summer reading, Sick is memoir from a “lifelong sufferer of undiagnosed health problems — in which [the author] examines her subsequent struggles with mental illness and her addiction to doctor-prescribed benzodiazepines, that both aided and eroded her ever-deteriorating physical health.” It’s a story of “survival, pain, and transformation.”
“Air Traffic follows Gregory as he builds a life that honors his history without allowing it to define his future. Slowly, he embraces the challenges of being a poet, a son, and a father as he enters recovery for alcoholism and tends to his family. In this memoir, written in lyrical and sparkling prose, Gregory tries to free himself from the overwhelming expectations of race and class and from the tempting yet ruinous legacy of American masculinity.”
A collection of short stories about complicated-sounding privileged people from the author of popular novels about complicated privileged people, Prep, and American Wife.
From best-selling author, Samantha Irby, here’s a collection of essays that explore: “chin hairs, depression, bad sex, failed relationships, masturbation, taco feasts, inflammatory bowel disease and more.”
This is Oprah’s 2018 book club pick, and it seems destined to be a classic. Everyone else is reading it, so I guess I will too!
A story of a Mexican-American border patrol guard and the lives (and deaths) of the people he comes across trying to cross the border. Esquire calls it: “A must-read for anyone who thinks ‘build a wall’ is the answer to anything.”
This is the second novel from my close friend, Rachel, and one she has spent years imagining, writing, re-writing, thinking about, re-writing again, and finally publishing (this week!). I am so proud of her, and I am excited to read this story of a pair of twins and their respective spiritual and personal crises on the cusp of their 30th birthday.
And, finally, a book I read this spring that I loved and recommend:
I was sold even after the first brush with death.
What’s on your reading list for the summer? What have you read that you recommend?