Just Read It: Summer Reading Anyone?


I’m on a roll. I know Mariela is on a roll. Anyone else experiencing a string of really great books? Check my summer suggestions below. They’re not new and they might not all be works of literary brilliance (although Eggers is!), but for me they are all page-turners perfect for a day in the sun this summer.

A Heast Breaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers. Funny, heartwarming, dysfunctional. I want him to be my brother. And besides writing, check out his work to inspire the next generation of writers.

Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri. From the author of The Namesake, short stories that I wish were each their own full-length book.

Beautiful Boy, David Sheff. If you have the slightest interest in addiction stories, this is the best yet. Next on my list: Tweak, the son’s first-person account of his battle with meth.

When Skateboards Will Be Free, Said Sayrafiezadeh. He lives in Village, is a graphic designer at Martha Stewart–and grew up with an Iranian father and Jewish-American mother who spent their lives fighting for the socialist revolution. Beautiful memoir mixed with interesting bits of history.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Toby Young. Pure indulgence. Not quite “chic lit” since Young is male, but delightfully easy-to-read gossip about New York publishing industry, international celebrities and trying to ‘make it.’ (Just skip the movie version).

Posted by Lisa


2 responses to “Just Read It: Summer Reading Anyone?

  1. i am on a roll, but i’m scared about that inevitable clunker that’s going to wash it all away. recently, i’ve liked:
    *lush life (liked this even though i hate the wire. if you love the wire this will be pure ectasy.)
    *american pastoral
    *beautiful boy (strangely drawn to drug memoirs; thanks for sharing lisa)

    next up is mysteries of pittsburgh for book club.

  2. here’s how my summer reading list is looking:

    soccer against the enemy, simon kuper (kind of a bum read to start off the summer sesh, thus far)
    kitchen confidential, anthony bourdain (just started and it is a joy)

    on deck:
    the informers, bret easton ellis
    blindness, jose saramago
    the good thief, hannah tinti

    just finished:
    night is dark and i am far from home: political indictment of u.s. schools, jonathan kozol

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