Now that my nieces and nephews are free for the summer and the temps in Denver are in the 90s, my thoughts are on poolside reading. Between a slew of copywriting work (thankfully) and manuscripts to pre-read before the Aspen Summer Writer’s Retreat, I don’t have much time for pleasure reading. However, that hasn’t stopped me from building a list!
A few titles on my list (so far):
- The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir by Josh Kilmer-purcell. The newest tales from Kilmer-purcell who first stole my heart with his memoir I Am Not Myself These Days.
- How Did You Get This Number? by Sloane Crosley, author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake. This new collection of essays by Crosley goes on sale June 15. I have to confess that I didn’t flip over her first collection, but I did enjoy it and this follow-up seems like perfect summer reading.
- Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. I am very eager to read this memoir by Kerman, who spent a year in prison. Everything I’ve read about her experience—including her fiancé’s Modern Love essay about visiting her every week—has been compelling.
- The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch. I’m a big fan of this author’s blog Ask Allison because she’s so transparent about both her writing process and the publishing/ promoting process. Her books are whimsical, fun and still smart.
- Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate by Mark Oppenheimer. I have fun and traumatic memories (two CX debate partners getting pregnant in the same year) from debate in high school so this one had me at wisenheimer.
*links go to authors’ websites
Your turn. If you’ve read any of these books, what did you think about them? Is there something I should be reading that’s not on my list here? What’s on your summer reading list? Please share in the comments below.