Happy Independence Day!
Got your three day weekend all ready for barbecues, fireworks, and festivities?
I never like to be without a good read for a few hours beside the pool so I thought I’d set you up with some barn-burners for your Fourth of July weekend.
11/22/63, by Stephen King. A little bit science fiction, a little bit history and no one does a rewrite of the Kennedy assassination better than Stephen King.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith.A classic of American literature, the story of a young girl coming of age in Brooklyn at the turn of the Century, celebrating America as the melting pot of nations, the brass ring for a world of immigrants. Interestingly, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn became very popular during WWII when it was sent to American servicemen overseas in paperback.
Netherland, by Joseph O’Neill. Post 9-11, an immigrant to New York stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where he revisits his lost childhood and, thanks to a friendship with a charismatic and charming Trinidadian begins to reconnect with his life and his adopted country.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. If it’s not the “Great American Novel,” it’s close. If you haven’t read To Kill A Mockingbird, it’s time to read it. If you have read it, it’s always a good time to read it again and remember.
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trial ’72, by Hunter S. Thompson. A classic of political and gonzo journalism. A compilation of the articles Thompson wrote for Rolling Stone while covering the reelection campaign of Richard M. Nixon.
Woodford Brave, by Marcia Thornton Jones. This young adult novel focuses on 11-year-old Corey who feels a responsibility to live up to his family’s legacy of “bravery” while his father is off serving in WWII. Woodford Brave is a deeply satisfying novel of summer and friendship, but also explores what it means to be a son, a friend, a neighbor—and truly brave.
The Global War on Morris, by Steve Israel. Israel is a U.S. Congressman and wrote this novel about a lonely slub, a secret government surveillance program, and baseball. Perfect political satire.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. Another nominee for the “Great American novel.” A boy, a friend, and a river adventure.
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The most “American” of all American novels, The Great Gatsby is a struggle, a revelation, a love affair with all that America wants to be, tells itself it is, with success and failure.
The Martian, by Andy Weir. American ingenuity, plus some international help, saves astronaut stranded on Mars.
Happy Fourth of July and Happy Reading!