What does it mean to make amends? In Jane Green's latest novel, Summer Secrets, we follow Cat, a London journalist and recovering alcoholic on her journey through the twelve steps, which ultimately leads her to lovely beaches of Nantucket.
Hours of my day as a professor and writer are spent reading onscreen. But when I know I'll want to reflect on what I have read, to read it again, and to have it stare back at me when I'm working in my study, I read in print.
For many of us, summer reading means picking up that article or book that we haven't had a chance to look at during the academic year. So we have compiled a list of summer must-reads for the academy with suggestions from our colleagues.
The extensive detailing that gives the novel its raison d'être makes me think of Vladimir Nabokov --- especially since Nabokov, in Lolita, was as eager as Eugenides is here to mix pop-culture references and incredibly apt metaphors.
I asked Betsy Bird, a New York City librarian, if she'd join me in suggesting a few final fun reads for summer. Here is a video featuring the two of us, a bunch of books, and the occasional baby sound effects. Enjoy!
Featuring both contemporary works and long-time classics, our summer religious reading selections include personal narratives, fiction, theology and poetry from religious leaders of today and from years past.