15 great summer reads that will have you turning the pages | UB today
Today is the official start of summer (known as the time to kick back, sit outside with your feet up, and read), so we’ve put together a list of 15 great summer reads, a mix fiction and non-fiction, designed to appeal to readers of all persuasions. We have new books, classics, romance, sci-fi, graphic novel and more. So whether you’re packing for a camping trip, a day at the beach, or an afternoon in your backyard hammock, check out our suggestions.
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After a 10-year hiatus, Monica Ali, author of the 2003 literary hit brick path, is back with a new novel. Love marriage revisit brick pathThemes of cultural fusion and fission within London’s South Asian community, this time focusing not on immigrant parents, but on their restless young children. Yasmin, a 26-year-old Indian girl engaged to Joe, who is British, struggles to reconcile their families’ differences as the wedding nears, especially when she learns that something she has always believed to be a lie.
Masters of the hard-boiled crime novel, like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammet, aren’t exactly known for their open-mindedness, which is why the genre hasn’t featured many queer protagonists to date. But in Richard Stevenson’s mysteries, we glimpse a different post-war (WWII) America, steeped in an underground gay culture threatened by “polite society” and the powers that be. In Drop the hat, Stevenson’s private detective, Clifford Waterman, walks the perilous line between the two.
In this first novel, siblings Olga and Pedro “Prieto” Acavedo, ascendantly mobile Latinos living in New York City, are both entangled and estranged from their community. Neither Olga, a wedding planner, nor Prieto, a congressman, have anything in common with their mother, Blanca, who left when they were young to live a life of militant radicalism. But as Hurricane Maria blows through the family homeland of Puerto Rico, Blanca returns to the posh life of the siblings. Author Gonzalez merges the personal and the political through a natural disaster.
Grace D. Li’s Portrait of a thief takes our voyeuristic relationship with con artists and our fascination with China and combines them into a timely heist story. When Harvard senior Will Chen stumbles across the opportunity to recover five stolen Chinese sculptures from the National Museum of Asian Art, he quickly assembles an elite team for the job. Can young Chinese Americans succeed and win $50 million for bringing home the artifacts or will they lose everything they worked for and dreamed of? In Portrait of a thiefLi writes an anti-colonial crime novel that is also a perfect choice for a book club.
Just when it seemed like Alicia Keys was at the top of her game, she goes and adds another hyphen to her resume. Girl on Fire marks the multi-Grammy bestselling author’s foray into graphic novels, with the help of co-writer Andrew Weiner and illustrator Brittney Williams. The YA story centers on Lolo Wright, a 14-year-old New Yorker who accidentally discovers she has telekinetic powers. Her abilities draw the attention of characters both good and sinister in this coming-of-age story that reimagines the streets of New York, where Keys herself grew up.
Jasmine Guillory’s latest Disney-inspired installment Meant to be the series is a modern Disney retelling The beauty and the Beast, featuring a book-obsessed heroine. At 25, still living at home and feeling isolated as the only black employee at her publishing company, Izzy decides to challenge herself by delivering a long-awaited manuscript to her boss. When she first approaches Beau Towers, a high-profile mercurial author with a chip on his shoulder, the two bristle at each other, but like in the beloved 1991 film, their relationship begins to unravel. Will Izzy be able to help Beau finish his book before the deadline, and will something special develop between them in the meantime? You’ll have to read it to find out.
A world-renowned physicist in the free-spirited tradition of Richard Feynman, Carlo Rovelli spends his days not just pondering loopy quantum gravity (look it up), but writing op-eds for journals around the world. This collection of nearly 50 essays reveals Rovelli’s brilliant and restless mind as he explores topics ranging from Einstein’s errors and Nabokov’s lepidopterology to Dante’s cosmology and the meaning of atheism, making argue that modern science owes its advancement to the passions of the humanities.
About 6,000 miles away and more than five decades after Lewis and Clark’s search for the Northwest Passage, British explorers Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke began their search for the source of the Nile. River of the Gods recounts how the temperaments of the two men clashed almost as harshly as their origins. Their successful discovery was followed by a publicity campaign marred by accusations, scandals and a return to Africa. While Burton and Speke take center stage, author Millard also brings to life the story of Sidi Mubarak Bombay, a former slave and loyal friend who accompanied the pair on their quest.
For better or worse, we now live in a time where all of your favorite (and least favorite) Twitter personalities are getting book deals. Some will no doubt be terrible, and some might just be worth it. Jill Gutowitz’s first collection of essays is aimed at the latter category, having generated a lot of buzz, vogue in Shondaland. Girls can kiss girls now is a tongue-in-cheek collection of personal observations, gritty memories, and reflections on a life saturated with TV, movies, and music. Here, Gutowitz has done more than just translate her Twitter career into print: She may have just written pop culture’s definitive lesbian manifesto.
Liu, Marvel Studios’ first Asian superhero (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) has its own inspiring story. In these memoirs, he recounts the emigration of his parents from China to Canada, sending for him when he was four years old. He spent most of his childhood emotionally isolated from his parents, until after years of success and achievement he began to stray from the path laid out for him. What follows is a bumpy journey to Hollywood success and a moving reconciliation with his family and his past.
Exploring the fundamental question of gender, Rhea Ewing Good is a collection of illustrated dialogues based on a decade of interviews with around 50 people that began in 2012. Now, a decade later, this graphic anthology forms its look at young and old, straight and gay , conforming and non-conforming genders, discovering in the process the complex differences between human beings and the unlikely – and sometimes heartbreaking – ways in which we are all the same.
Imagine the scandal caused by biotech entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes and her fake blood testing startup Theranos, but swap the blood tests for fentanyl and a product few people were willing to buy with a product they couldn’t. not stop buying. Working closely with insiders at Insys Therapeutics, a start-up founded by fentanyl maker John Kapoor, author Evan Hughes recounts how a “sell-sell-sell” culture turned into a scandal, in a high-profile trial and ultimately into a pharmaceutical company. cautionary tale.
As doctors intubated COVID-19 patients in New York’s intensive care units at the height of the pandemic, journalist Marie Brenner was there. Benefiting from unprecedented access to the New York Presbyterian hospital system for 18 months and drawing on more than 200 interviews, Brenner, a writer in his own right for vanity lounge, tells the story of the dedication of the staff of a hospital system as the death toll from the pandemic increased. In The desperate hours, Brenner takes us inside sealed off operating rooms, makeshift clinics and mobile units and executive suites to tell us the stories of a team of heroic doctors, nurses and hospital workers determined to save lives.
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