My Summer Reading List

Marschel’s 2013 Summer Reading List:

I know I won’t get through all these books this summer, but here’s what I “want” to read.

  1. May We Be Forgiven – A.M. Homes, 2013 winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly Orange Prize for Fiction) – “a darkly comic novel of 21st century domestic life.”
  2.  Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  Adichie’s newest novel about love and race and a couple from Nigeria.
  3.  The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer. A novel about what becomes of early talent, and the roles that art, money, and envy play in close friendships.
  4.  America’s Dream – Esmeralda Santiago, from 1997, a novel recommended by my feminist writer friends at the Lake House Collective, about a woman, América Gonzalez, who is a hotel housekeeper on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, and “escapes” her unhappy life by becoming a housekeeper and nanny in Westchester County, New York.
  5.  Centerville – Karen Osborn, winner of the 2013 Independent Publisher Award for Fiction. The story begins in the volatile year of 1967 in a small town in the Midwest when a bomb explodes in a pharmacy and deeply disrupts the lives of the town residents.
  6.  The Silver Star – Jeannette Walls. Her newest book, and first novel … because I loved the Glass Castle, her memoir.  Two teenage sisters in a California small town in 1970 are deserted by their single mother and have to go about piecing a life together.
  7.  Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Katherine Boo.  A 2012 National Book Award winner about life and survival in a Mumbai slum. My only non-fiction pick. Friends raved about it last year.