Staff Picks: Summer Reading 2015


Nathan_ReadingAfter fighting tears through John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars last week, I decided to keep the momentum going with Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. Dog lovers beware. I plan on balancing out my emotions by following up these heartbreakers with Jon Ronson’s newly released book So You Think You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.–Kristen Nathan 

Sheets_ReadingMy nonfiction pick for this summer is Queer & Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives, a collection of interviews by Nia King. For my beach read, I’ve picked up Euphoria by Lily King, a historical fiction novel about anthropologist Margaret Mead’s passionate love triangle. I’m also reading Small-Space Container Gardens by Fern Richardson (her real name), because I’m definitely (probably) going to start an herb garden this summer.–Cassie Sheets 

A summer move into the big city calls for a summer of James Joyce: Dubliners, A Portrait of The Artist As A Young Man, then Ulysses!–Joshua Lusakik Lukasik_Reading

Johnson_ReadingPractically all my books come straight from Maria Popova’s daily email delight, Brain Pickings. Every time I read one of her emails, I find myself ordering yet more books. Here are the latest: Master-Mind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova, The Road to Character by David Brooks, A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf, and Jeanette Winterson’s Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery-Hillary Johnson Colás_Reading

This summer I will read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, and I’ll pregame that with To Kill A Mockingbird. From Curbside Splendor I’m so excited to read Dime Stories by Tony Fitzpatrick. Finally, I was lucky to hear Tavis Smiley speak at a Printers Row event and I need to to pick up his latest, My Journey With Maya.–Elena Colás 

I’m currently reading The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, and I’m going to follow it up with The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi and cap off the summer by reading Satan Came to Eden by Dore Strauch.–Abigail Sheaffer Sheaffer_Readings