Tuesday, May 13

Great Books: Summer Reading

School's out and I'm so ready to sit under one of these and read all afternoon. Some new books I'm looking forward to diving into:

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri--the newest short story collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Living Room: Teaching Public Writing in a Privatized World by Nancy Welch--I'm intrigued by Welch's work on writing as social action

Astrid & Veronika by Linda Olsson--Olsson's debut novel and my bittersweet love story for the summer

One Drop by Bliss Broyard--Broyard speaks with great clarity on Henry Louis Gates PBS special, African American Lives 2, about her father's secret, passing as a white man, and her book, part memoir and part biography, aims to inquire into the difficult questions

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie--the transcendental historical novel by Nigerian writer Adichie

Sea Change by Jorie Graham--as the NY Times Book Review says, "Graham’s poetry is among the most sensuously embodied and imaginative writing we have."

(Umbrella photo from the whimsical, eco-friendly At West End.)

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