As we hit the peak of beach season, we wanted to send you with a list of the best books of the summer to take along with you. Please send along your reviews of these books as well as your own recommendations!
“Mostly Dead Things” by Kristen Arnett
After Jessa-Lynn Morton’s father commits suicide, she is forced to pick up the pieces of both her fragile, fractured family and the taxidermy shop her father left behind. Kristen Arnett’s debut novel, set in a swampy Florida town, explores Jessa’s unusual journey to understanding grief, love and memory as she watches her mother and brother spiral out of control.
“Patsy” by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Patsy has long yearned to voyage to America and abandon her life in her small hometown of Pennyfield, Jamaica. When she finally acts on her dream, she leaves her five-year-old daughter Tru behind. As Patsy follows her heart in New York, where her friend and love Cicely lives, Tru faces a future without her mother, and one in which she, too, must discover how to be herself in the world. Dennis-Bean weaves the narratives of mother and daughter together in a moving tale of separation, growth and womanhood.
“Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed” by Matthew Futterman
In the early 1970s, American running coach Bob Larsen became renowned for his success with the track team at UCLA, then went on to help coach several Olympic medalists to victory. In this chronicle of Larsen’s life and determination to pioneer new training methods, journalist Matthew Futterman looks at Larsen’s steps on the long road to sporting success, featuring stories of his own relationship with running along the way.
“City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, sets her latest novel in 1940s New York City, where 19-year-old Vivian Morris is moving in with her aunt. Surrounded by showgirls, costumes and a newfound sense of freedom discovered in the world of her aunt’s eccentric theater company, Vivian begins embracing her desires. But when a scandal puts the theater’s latest production at risk, Vivian finds herself unraveling the meaning of what happened for years to follow.
“Searching for Silvie Lee” by Jean Kwok
In Jean Kwok’s latest novel, a Chinese immigrant family comes to terms with its darkest secrets after the eldest daughter, Sylvie, goes missing. Her younger, more fearful sister Amy attempts to find her, traveling to the Netherlands, where Sylvie was last seen. But Amy quickly finds more questions surrounding Sylvie’s disappearance than she does answers. Searching for Sylvie Leeexamines the complexities of identity, culture and family as Amy struggles to understand what happened to her sister.
“Inland” by Téa Obreht
The long-awaited second novel from the author of 2011’s National Book Award finalist The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht’s Inland reimagines and subverts the myths of the American West. Set in the parched lawless Arizona Territory of 1893, it tells the story of Nora, a resolute frontierswoman bound to a house she can’t leave, and Lunie, a haunted former outlaw searching for a home he can’t find.