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Summer Reading

I’m going on vacation next week and I can’t wait! My ideal vacation consists of laying in the sun—preferably on the beach, but a pool will do—with a stack of books and maybe a fruity, cold drink (preferably with rum or vodka). I’m not sure how many I will actually get through, but I like to have options, depending on my mood. Here’s what I just bought at Amazon to take to the Cayman Islands:

Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover’s Courtship, with Recipes by Amanda Hesser

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
I’m reading Under the Banner of Heaven right now, which is pretty timely—he writes about the history of Mormonism and specifically about polygamy. I like his no-nonsense style and for all the detail and history, it’s a page-turner.

Towelhead: A Novel by Alicia Erian
I saw a movie trailer for this and thought it looked interesting so I backtracked and decided to read the book first. Here’s what Amazon says about it:

After 13-year-old Jasira is sent to live with her father in Houston (“I didn’t want to live with Daddy. He had a weird accent and came from Lebanon”), she finds herself coming of age in the shadow of his old world, authoritarian ideas, which include a ban on tampons (they’re for married women, he insists) and a friendship with a boy who’s black. Trapped between her father’s rigidity and a wider culture that seems without rules, Jasira is left to handle puberty on her own, as well as her budding sexual desire and an ongoing longing for love and acceptance. Her creepy neighbor, Mr. Vuoso, senses her desires, and she responds eagerly to his sexual overtures. His willingness to eroticize her is heightened by how exotic—as well as distasteful—he finds her, a half–Middle Eastern child living in America on the eve of the first Gulf War. He hires Jasira to baby-sit for his son, and it’s clear that their relationship will destroy them. The writing is not subtle—indeed, it can be quite clunky—but as a meditation on race, adolescence and alienation, the novel has moments of power.

I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley. I’m excited to read this because I just read that HBO (or Showtime?) is optioning it for a Sex and the City-type show.

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
My best friend Lesley is a prolific reader. I can’t get onboard with the Sci Fi stuff that she digs, but she’s made some good recommendations in the past (Rebecca, for one). Yes, I know, sometimes it takes me months to get to them, even with her asking me on a daily basis if I’ve started it yet, but once I do, I’m always happy with her choice! She told me Peace Like a River is “wonderous.” I can’t wait to read it.

The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares
I’ve never read anything of hers, but it got good reviews and I think she’s also the author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books.

Something Borrowed and Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin
Your typical chick lit stuff. This will be nice to read while floating on a raft in the Carribbean with my Mai Tai!

Why I’m Like This: True Stories and Leave the Building Quickly by Cynthia Kaplan

Hollywood Crows: A Novel by Joseph Wambaugh
I love a good old-fashioned cop novel and Wambaugh is the best. You have to start with New Centurians and Choirboys to really get a feel for how good he is. Being married to a retired LAPD cop, it’s clear to me that he totally gets the sick humor of cops.


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