Pack the Sunscreen and the Tome


dcp_00761Though when we think of summer and books the term “beach read” generally comes to mind,  New York magazine  recently proposed a mix of  nonfiction and “a few realistic novels” in “What to Read This Summer.”  Here are the suggestions:  




The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

How to Sell by Clancy Martin

In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent


Fordlandia by Greg Grandin

Just Like Family by Tasha Blaine

Newton and the Counterfeiter by Thomas Levenson


Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott

NYPD Confidential by Leonard Levitt

They suggest saving August for Thoman Pynchon’s 400-page Inherent Vice.

As for me, I just started Ken Follett’s medieval epic The Pillars of the Earth, pote_cover_100x149which was an Oprah Book Club pick, and I imagine that it and its sequel, World Without End, will keep me busy.  I’ve never read Follett before–in fact, I don’t read much popular fiction. But I’ve been fascinated by the Middle Ages for as long as I can remember, and these books have gotten terrific reviews.  I have about 2,000 pages ahead of me. I’ll let you know how it goes.



About the Author:

Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

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