Summer's here, and even though school is out, experts recommend that even the youngest children should practice their reading every day. According to the National Summer Learning Association, many children lose ground over the summer.
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.