Here are three books I’ve read so far this summer. I’d love to hear what you’re reading!
The Passenger, by Lisa Lutz
I read this at the beach and enjoyed it. A fast-paced murder mystery with a surprise ending, The Passenger moves quickly and follows a young woman on the run who morphs into different identities along the way, growing more and more weary as the book progresses. I liked that it was a quick thriller, a good read for a beach vacation or for lying around the pool.
The Girls, by Emma Cline
This one is getting a lot of hype, and I can’t stop thinking about it. About a fourteen-year-old girl in the late 1960’s who gets caught up in a dreadful cult, the book goes so much further than the awful thing you are aware will happen. It’s a book about girlhood and feminism as much as it is about the 1960’s and coming-of-age in general. Be warned: the end is pretty disturbing, but this is one worth reading. It’s so well-written, I had trouble putting it down!
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, by Mary Roach
I am a longtime fan of Roach’s pop science writing, and this one does not disappoint. And while Roach uses plenty of humor throughout (like what happens when a soldier experiences diarrhea during a battle, or how one tests aircraft safety using chicken guns), she does a respectful job of acknowledging the sacrifices and seriousness of life and death in war. My favorite chapters were those on sweat and submarines (though the chapter on maggots comes close too). If you’re curious and science-minded, I highly recommend this one!