One of the many things we love about summer is how many places there are to read. We've made a list of 5 books (some new, some old) that you'll want to read on the beach, in an airplane, on your porch, in a hammock or maybe even on a lazy afternoon in an air-conditioned room. Happy reading! We would love to hear about the summer reads you're looking forward to in the comments.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Less is the perfect book to read if you're staying put this summer. You'll go along for the ride as the protagonist travels from Paris to Morocco, India, Berlin and more in an effort to tactfully avoid attending an ex's wedding.
Beginning in Harvard in 1995, The Idiot follows Selin, who grew up in New Jersey as the daughter of Turkish immigrants. Email is a recent addition to Selin's life, and it's through this medium that she strikes up an unlikely relationship with Hungarian student, Ivan. Funny and surprising, this novel offers a unique and witty perspective on language and early adulthood.
This poignant memoir by Joan Didion follows her first year as a widow after her husband John Gregory Dunne passes away suddenly one evening. "Life changes fast," she begins, “Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." Originally published in 2005, this book offers a timeless wisdom and even a bit of lightness in the midst of grief. You'll fall in love with Joan.
David Sedaris has already written 11 of the funniest books we've read, so you'd think he may be out of things to say. His new book of essays, Calypso, proves Sedaris still has many surprising, hilarious, and often heartbreaking anecdotes to share with the world.
Evocative and sprawling in both time and place, Fatima Fahreen Mirza brings to life the story of a family and their estranged brother, Amar, who reunite at a family wedding. Far more than a romance, this book is a compelling modern family saga that spans decades and kept us up reading.