Summer Reading List

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Summer is a great time to kick your shoes off, dig your toes into the sand and curl up with a good book and the sound of the ocean as the soundtrack. But of course you have to know what to read, here’s a list of some great books for a variety of genres and interests that you can add to your vacation reading list.

1.) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the critically acclaimed novel bridges the gap between coming-of-age tale and oral history. In the book 13-year-old Theo Decker must deal with the accident that killed his mother and left him with the possession of a masterwork referred to in the title. In many ways the fate of the painting mirrors the person, or is it the other way around?

2.) The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Another winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this time for non-fiction, the book is an incredibly expansive and personal history with one of the most personal diseases of our times. Mukherjee, a physician and researcher who specializes in oncology, deftly moves through the biography of cancer starting with its first identification in ancient Egypt then through to treatment in the modern era and is scattered with humanity and bits of personality from Mukherjee’s career and practice.

3.) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

You’ve probably seen the movie, now read the book that inspired it. This mystery thriller, examines the marriage between Nick and Amy Dunne, a modern-day love story twisted by lust, lies and violence. On their fifth wedding anniversary Amy disappears in what looks to be suspicious circumstances, leaving Nick as the primary suspect. Nick seems oddly unconcerned about his wife’s disappearance, but could he have killed her? The novel leaves you guessing and looking for answers.

4.) Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

A book of poetry about dogs? How can this be good? Well when it comes from one of America’s most beloved contemporary poets, it is an instant classic. Renowned for being able to capture the interplay between nature and humanity in her verse, Oliver turns her pen to the relationship between man and man’s-best-friend. Perfect for any puppy, or poetry lover, in your life.

5.) Bossypants by Tina Fey

This book came out a couple of years ago, but is still required reading for anyone who wants to go into a creative field, or really any field. Fey, known for her work on Saturday Night Live, and the hit sitcom 30 Rock, opens up her life and out spills stories from her childhood in Pennsylvania, her college days in Virginia, her membership in the improv group The Second City and her current overly hyphenated career as a producer-writer-actress-mother-comedian. Both heartbreakingly funny and breathtakingly honest, Bossypants is able to inspire and entertain without being preachy or trite in only a way that Fey can.

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