One of our favorite memories from childhood is the summer reading list. While the other kids were splashing in the pool and riding bikes, we were hunkered down in the shade working our way through a great book. We lived for the summer reading list! Recommended reading from your fourth grade teacher, book contests at the local library, even Pizza Hut had a reading list! Anyone remember BOOK IT? Otherwise known as reading = pizza? Let’s face it, it’s been a long, dark winter and we could use a little literary nostalgia. To kick off summer the StoryStudio staff is sharing their summer reading lists. Grab a pizza and start reading!
Jill – I’m trying to get through Elena Ferrante Books Two and Three, and catch up on all the books that have recently been published by StoryStudio faculty! (Although right now, I’m studying the History of Chocolate….)
Emily- Right now I’m reading about the history of Guam for a personal project I’m working on—it’s an academic book, but fascinating, and starts with this quote by William Faulkner: “The past is never dead. It is not even past.” Later this month I’ll be reading Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, for the book club I’m in. And after that is likely Peter Ho Davies’ The Fortunes—my mother recently gifted me a copy after hearing him read at the library near where she lives in Michigan. And of course I’ll be diving into all the books I just bought by StoryStudio Chicago faculty who read at our last event at The Book Cellar!
Beth – My list is so long! I just bought a new-to-me volume of Leonard Cohen’s poetry when I was at Powell’s in Portland. I’m excited to learn from his style. Next week I’ll be seeing Anne Lamott in person, and I expect that will inspire me to go back through Bird by Bird for the umpteenth time. I also hope to finally read The Things They Carried, which Jill recommended to me ages ago.
Sherry – Hoping to get through some that have been on my shelf. Devil in the White City, Aeronaut’s Windlass (the first novel of The Cinder Spires series written by Jim Butcher), and Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders (a collection of short stories and poetry by English author Neil Gaiman).
Jen – At a garage sale last month I found the entire collection of Georgette Heyer Mysteries. I scooped the whole series into a box and have been bragging about it ever since. I’m planning to sneak off to the pool and work my way through the series this summer.
(Even our work-study volunteers weighed in!)
Kim Nelson – The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore, because the world definitely needs Wonder Woman right now!
Lisa Widder – The Heart Goes Last – Margaret Atwood. Catching up on my Atwood reading after watching Hulu’s fine adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. She’s so prolific, it’s difficult to keep up! Truly an amazing author.