Summer Reading Suggestions – The New York Times


Yong, who has become well known as the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for The Atlantic, helping to make sense of the pandemic, here turns his attention to sensory experiences throughout the animal kingdom. All creatures, from ticks to elephants, perceive the world in different ways. Yong does his best to put readers inside these bubbles of perception.

Random House, June 21

Picking up where Gurnah’s 1994 novel “Paradise” left off, on the eve of the Great War in German East Africa, “Afterlives” is another multi-generational saga focusing on the characters of a modern-day Tanzania under imperialism. European.

Riverhead, August 23

Pasulka, a journalist, has spent a decade tracking drag culture in Brooklyn, which she says contains “both the most experimental corners of the drag world and the most professional”, and is “messier, in free-wheeling and avant-garde” that the way the art forms appears in its increasingly mainstream appearances on television and elsewhere.

Simon & Schuster, June 7

These 12 related stories are set in an indigenous community in Maine, where Talty grew up as a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation. His debut collection, full of surprising drama, offers a fresh take on the precarious lives of marginalized people in the 21st century.

Tin House, July 5

The English novelist Pym (“Excellent Women”, “Quartet in Autumn”) went into fashion during her lifetime and since. Byrne’s biography comes at a time of renewed interest. Rhys is best known for “Wide Sargasso Sea,” her feminist prequel to “Jane Eyre.” Seymour captures his childhood on the Caribbean island of Dominica and the rest of his often turbulent and difficult life.

“The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym” (William Collins, June 7)
“I Used to Live Here Once: The Haunted Life of Jean Rhys” (Norton, June 28)

This chameleon of a book was inspired by the writer’s discovery of recorded interviews between poet Frank O’Hara and his father, art critic Peter Schjeldahl. Calhoun’s father idolized the poet and had hoped to complete a biography; this book chronicles Calhoun’s attempt to finish it herself. Even if you don’t know O’Hara’s poetry (perhaps start with “Having a Coke With You”), there’s a lot to enjoy in this memoir.

Grove, June 14

Stodola’s sobering survey of the resort economy spans from Thailand to Senegal’s Cap d’Antibes, examining why these manufactured environments have become ideal for vacationing and how climate change threatens them all. .

Eco, June 28

Kiki made a name for herself at home college for giving romantic advice to classmates, helping members of the school’s Afro-Caribbean society avoid heartache. But her judgment is questioned after she kisses a man she calls inappropriate; to save face, she and the man fabricate a fake relationship that becomes very real.

William Morrow, July 5

This beginning sends readers to the Canary Islands in the early 2000s. The narrator is a 10-year-old girl who idolizes her best friend, Isora, who is brash and fearless. Over the summer, their relationship twists and refracts as each girl takes flight. Read this coming-of-age story for its unforgiving language and strong sense of place.

Astra House, August 2

No stranger to eccentric obsessions in his acclaimed movies, like “Fitzcarraldo” and “Grizzly Man,” Herzog was inspired to write his first novel about Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who spent nearly 30 years after the end of World War II. defending a small island in the Philippines, not wanting to believe that the war was over. Herzog developed a friendship with Onoda before the ex-soldier’s death in 2014.

Penguin Press, June 14


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