Book Club

Book Club

Summer reading.  Beach reading.  Whatever you call it, summer for me is a time where I really want to dig into a light, easy page turner.

While, the first book I’m going to recommend is certainly not light, for me it was a page turner. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’ examines race (in Africa, the US and Europe), relationships and the immigrant experience.  It really made me think about some of my own preconceived notions and beliefs on these same topics.

A book I read awhile ago that was on several “Best of Summer” lists last year, for me deserve mention because I really did not like it. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer was anything but.  It is the story of six teenagers who meet at sleep away camp in the 70s.  It follows the ebb and flow of their relationships throughout life.  I found the characters more like caricatures, and the main character was so unlikable I couldn’t understand why anyone befriended her in the first place.  I liked the idea of the novel, but not the execution.

Delancey  is an easy, breezy memoir by Molly Wizenberg who writes the blog, Orangette. Shortly after marrying her husband, he decides to open a pizza restaurant.  The book talks about the trials and tribulations of this undertaking and how it affected their relationship.  Bonus–it includes recipes.

What are your favorite summer reads?

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