Some Books to Read This Summer

June 24th, 2020   admin   Book Review Tags: , , , , , , ,

Worried about spending less time with friends this summer because of the social distancing still in order? Grab a book and head down to the beach or your local pool to enjoy a few summer reads, comfortably and safely.

The Lightness, by Emily Temple

This novel by Emily Temple is a teen thriller with suspenseful meditations on adolescent desires, female friendships, and the female bodies that shimmer with rage, wit, and fierce longing.

The New York Times Book Review says:

“It’s a teen thriller in the vein of the ’90s horror movie The Craft . . . But it’s also a beautiful meditation on meditation, with readings of sacred texts and light Buddhist history, populated with girls who refuse to act the way they’re expected to; who have too much passion, too many feelings and nowhere to put them; who are on the cusp of adulthood, “waking up to the true nature of things,” fragile as they are smart and naïve as they are reckless. . . . This book—frequently hilarious, and thoughtful throughout—also transcends expectations at its end.”

Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico—“fans of classic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca are in for a suspenseful treat” (PopSugar).

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

New York Times Best Selling Author of The Night Tiger and The Ghost Bride, Yangsze Choo says:

“Darkly brilliant and captivating . . . Readers who love old houses and family secrets will devour this book (as I did!). The setting itself—High Place, with its reputation for swallowing the dreams of young women—is a character in this marvelously fantastical novel, stretching from glamorous 1950s Mexican high society to the crumbling pride of an abandoned silver mine. Silvia Moreno-Garcia enthralls with this twisty tale of love and betrayal.”—Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Tiger and The Ghost Bride

Self Care, by Leigh Stein

Maren Gelb is on a company-imposed digital detox. She tweeted something terrible about the President’s daughter, and as the COO of Richual, “the most inclusive online community platform for women to cultivate the practice of self-care and change the world by changing ourselves,” it’s a PR nightmare. Not only is CEO Devin Avery counting on Maren to be fully present for their next round of funding, but indispensable employee Khadijah Walker has been keeping a secret that will reveal just how feminist Richual’s values actually are, and former Bachelorette contestant and Richual board member Evan Wiley is about to be embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal that could destroy the company forever.

National Book Award finalist for Disappearing Earth, Julia Philips says:

“Leigh Stein’s latest novel is as decadent and brutal as a vampire facial. It’s an exposé of feel-good feminism, an indictment of contemporary capitalism, and an absolute treat to read. This book will make you laugh, gasp, and vow to get off social media for good – and it’ll understand when you can’t help but log right back on.”

by Clara Kim

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