Now that Memorial Day has passed, we can officially wear white and read summer books. We are often asked at the Reference desk what “everyone is reading,” but in the summer there seems to be an increase.
Maybe people have more time in the summer. Maybe they are going on vacation, or maybe they have a nice hammock.
Whatever the reason, we are here to help you find your next great book. Below is a list of titles getting buzz this summer. If none of these tickle your fancy, we will help you find something else.
Essential summer fiction
The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal
The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron
Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar
All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison MacLeod
American War by Omar El Akkad
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
Refuge by Dina Nayeri
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Broken River by J. Robert Lennon
Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
Essential summer non-fiction
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly
Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and People Temple by Jeff Guinn