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2017 Summer Reading List

I admire those authors, editors and journalists who manage to do their work while reading a phenomenal number of books, about and beyond their latest project. I secretly hope that I can trick myself to read at half that speed. This year I aim to step outside of my comfort zone with these six picks.

Here is a list of fiction and nonfiction books that I am planning to read this summer:

  1. Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
  2. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  4. The Man Without a Shadow: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates
  5. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  6. Just Kids by Patti Smith



The book that I’m currently reading is Man Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes’s new book “Levels of Life,” published in 2013. It is a small collection of essay, fiction and heartbreaking memoir. The first section, “The Sin of Height,” is a historical essay that revolves around the “aerostatic photographs” of Paris taken in 1858 by the French balloonist Nadar. I’m reading stories about 19th-century ballooning enthusiasts for the first time and it has been an interesting reading experience. The book’s second section, “On the Level,” is a fictionalized account of a love affair between two balloonists. The final section, “The Loss of Depth,”is a greif memoir about the loss of his wife, the literary agent Pat Kavanagh.


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