Summer Reading

With temperatures soaring near 100, you’d think our summer reading would be nice and light, but with a reading list that ranges from global pollution and terrorism to the dark wit of Sedaris and a family “tragicomic,” it seems that we missed that memo.   Without any further ado, here is what are reading for the remaining 62 days of summer, at least while we’re not reading picture books.

(Abby, Editorial): The Imperfectionist, Tom Rachman and The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart

(Heather, Customer Service): The Book Thief, Markus Zusak…and I’m actually reading two chapters a night of The Boxcar Children (#1) to my kids.  Not a fake endorsement; they are loving it!

(Kristie, Digital & International) The Story of Stuff: How our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Annie Leonard and the Chinese language book We Are All Travelers, Ong Yi Hing

(Michelle, Marketing) Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Steig Larsson

(Nick, Art): The Hour I First Believed, Wally Lamb and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris

(Rachel, Editorial Intern) Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel

(Rata, International Intern): The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon

(Sue, Customer Service) The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown and One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus

(Wendy, Editorial) American Subversive, David Goodwillie

When I’m not tending to the Albert Whitman blog, I am wading through Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, looking for literature’s longest sentence.  What writers do for an MFA!

Summer Reading

4 thoughts on “Summer Reading

  1. Abby and I share the same reading list. I’m currently reading The Imperfectionists and my family just listened to The Mysterious Benedict Society on a recent road trip. Up next for family reading: The Buddy Files by Dori Hillestad Butler. Ever since meeting the lovely author at ALA, I’ve been wanted to read this series.

  2. I hear great things about The Imperfectionists, and have just read Fun Home and a Willy Lamb (She’s Come Undone, which is thoroughly absorbing and totally devastating). Also, that’s probably my favourite Sedaris book.
    Normally I do like to read something la little lighter in the summer — Welcome to Temptation (Jennifer Crusie), Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, and Between Georgia have all been past faves. But this year, not so much.

  3. ackermanm says:

    Diane – great picks for light summer reading. Have you read Sedaris’s “When You Are Engulfed in Flames?” There is an essay included specifically about air travel, best read while flying and eyeing your neighbor suspiciously, per D.S.

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