Let Summer Reading Begin | Wyatt’s World

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 revolutionarysummer0602 Let Summer Reading Begin | Wyatts WorldIndependence 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.]

 

Share
Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net

Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind

*

Featuring YD Feedwordpress Content Filter Plugin