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.
5 thoughts on “Book Call: What’s on Your Summer Reading List?”
Just started Shadow of Darkness by Deborah Harkness, the follow up to A Discovery of Witches. And I really enjoyed Glow by (author escapes me).
I heard Allison speak at Muse & the Marketplace, so I have her new book on my list, too. Also want to recommend Slow Death by Rubber Duck. Anyone who intends to bring children into this world at some point should read about the toxic chemicals that surround us and cogitate on ways to make sure the EPA succeeds in their plan at regulation.
Thanks for this interesting and varied list. I need to make more time for reading! I go in spurts…but it’s time to start up again. And lucky you, going to a summer writer’s retreat…I have the best memories from the ones I’ve visited.
The One That I Want is on my list, too! I’m also excited to read The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. I didn’t realize that Sloane Crosley has another book coming out, but I liked her first one, so I’ll have to check it out.
Hope you like the new book, Jesaka! Enjoy your summer reading…
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