Get Into Summer With Some New Reads
Summer beckons with all it’s bounty and adventures. While it may seem like we are still in the throes of wild weather, warmer days and sun-drenched vistas are just around the corner. Plenty of farmers markets open with the start of the long weekend, and most outdoor exhibits and parks are open for those wanting to beat the summer crowds. One of the most relaxing ways to spend these early days of sun is to grab a book, find a quiet outdoor spot, and read the day away.
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
From the author who brought us Eat, Pray, Love, comes a new story of glamour and adventure, and a young woman’s journey of discovery. Set in 1940s New York, this novel follows nineteen-year old Vivian Morris as she is sent to live with her eccentric aunt in Manhattan. There she is introduced to a whole host of characters at her aunt’s crumbling theatre, the Lily Playhouse. Told from the perspective of an older woman looking back, this tale is sure to provoke new thoughts and entertain you.
Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
This gripping mystery is sure to keep you reading non-stop with it’s combination of page-turning secrets and deeply-moving sense of family. Sylvie Lee is on a trip to visit her ailing grandmother in the Netherlands, but suddenly disappears, much to the dismay of her family back home. It is up to her shy, younger sister to uncover just what happened to Sylvie, and more about her family in the process. If you enjoy family mysteries, than don’t miss the eagerly anticipated summer read!
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
If hard-hitting, emotional stories are more your style, don’t forget to read The Nickel Boys. This tragic and sometimes horrifying story is based on the true account of a reform school in Florida that for over a hundred years warped and cruelly treated thousands of children. It’s the 1960s, and Elwood Curtis is an African-American young man soon on his way to attending college. That all changes after a single mistake sends him to a life of Hell-on-Earth at Nickel Academy. Clinging to the principles of his hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, Elwood must survive in a place no one ever does. You won’t regret reading this gripping tale.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
And if you’re one of the countless individuals who has read The Handmaid’s Tale, or even just love Atwood, you’re in for a surprise. This summer marks the release of the next chapter in the story of Offred and the terrifyingly realistic world Margaret Atwood created years ago. This story takes place 15 year after the events of the Handmaid’s Tale, and is sure to give us all more of the same badass heroine antics as the first installment.