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4 Books to Read This Summer

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It’s summertime and the reading is easy! Here are four books we recommend taking with you to the beach, to the cafe or on the plane this summer.

In the novel, An American Marriage, author Tayari Jones tells the story of two newlyweds with bright futures ahead of them. Roy is a young executive and Celestial a budding artist. But things turn for the worse when Roy is arrested for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit, then is sentenced to 12 years in prison. Celestial finds comfort in Andre, a childhood friend, and as the years pass finds it harder and harder to hold on to her love for Roy. Five years later, Roy’s conviction is overturned and he returns to Celestial, ready to pick up where they have left off. But it’s no longer that simple…

The late chef, traveller and TV personality Anthony Bourdain has written 13 books over the years. One of his most popular, Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly hit the #1 on Amazon after his passing. It provides an inside look at life in the haute cuisine culinary world and showcases Bourdain’s talent for prose; reading it is a wonderful way to celebrate this talented man’s life.

Michael Ondaatje’s 2018 release, Warlight, is a fast-paced and dramatic World War II tale that begins after the end of the war in 1945. Teen siblings Nathaniel and Rachel are left in London in the care of a mysterious man named Moth as their parents head off to Singapore. Moth is a suspicious character and the teens wonder if he might be a criminal, but they grow to trust him and his group of eccentric friends over time. Months later, the teens’ mother returns but he is without their father. Twelve years later, through fact and his own recollections, Nathaniel is still trying to piece together what happened …

There There is author Tommy Orange’s first novel. It follows the lives of a group of Native Americans living in Oakland, California and outlines the challenges they face including unemployment, alcoholism and depression. One of the main themes is the idea of native people living in urban spaces and the feeling of being “ambiguously non-white.”