Regardless of what the calendar says, May’s final days marked the start of summer. With colleges and primary schools preparing for dismissal and vacation plans under way, a new season for reading begins. Here are five diverse titles to kick off the summer months ahead, including an intense new spy thriller, a wonderful graphic guide to modern classics, and a history of American independence.
- The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani (Riverhead: Penguin Group [USA] ). DiSclafani’s rich and vivid debut explores the life of Thea Atwell as she comes of age during the advent of the Depression era in Blue Ridge, NC. [See LJ 5/1/13.]
- Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf). Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Ellis’s acuity for clarity, precision, and insight is fully displayed as he traces the events of the summer of 1776. [See LJ 5/1/13.]
- The Graphic Canon. Vol. 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest. ed. by Russ Kick (Seven Stories). With brilliant and imaginative full-color artwork, anthologist Kick’s astounding series welcomes 20th-century graphic novels creators and comics artists into the literary canon.
- The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel (Grand Central). Koppel’s compelling social history offers a fascinating group biography of the women behind the space race. [See LJ 5/1/13.]
- Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (Scribner). This debut novel by a retired officer in the CIA’s former Operations Directorate offers spy novel fans a smart and realized espionage thriller involving present Russian and U.S. politics. [See LJ 3/1/13.]