Editors Pick: 2015 Summer Holiday Reading List
What could be better than diving into a new page-turner while you’re basking on the beach in the sun this summer? Whether you’re at the airport, shopping before you head off on your cruise or raiding your friend’s bookshelf, packing the perfect beach read is a must. Here’s a list of some of this year’s favourites to get you started.
The Girl On The Train
Explosive bestseller by Paula Hawkins, The Girl On The Train, is sure to be poking out of many beach bags this summer. It features Rachel, a protagonist who takes the same commuter train every morning past suburban homes. She watches the same couple on a deck eating breakfast each day and sees their lives as perfect like hers used to be; until she sees something shocking happen. Her life quickly becomes entwined with theirs in a suspenseful thriller.
Barbarian Days – A Surfing Life
If you’re a surfing fanatic or an adventure enthusiast, William Finnegan’s memoir of his obsession with surfing will keep you turning the pages. The distinguished writer shares stories of chasing waves across the world, his life in a gang in a tough school, comradery with mates and fascinating follies and explorations.
The Star Side of Bird Hill
For those of you who love coming-of-age stories, Naomi Jackson’s novel, centred on two sisters abandoned and exiled to Barbados from Brooklyn, will be your favourite poolside friend. After their mother can no longer look after them, Phaedra and Dionne spend the summer living with their grandmother, coming into their own as young women in the midst of family drama.
This book may be best read on dry land, by the pool, where there are no waves, sharks or storms. Adrift is a firsthand account of Steven Callahan’s dramatic survival as he attempted to cross the Atlantic ocean from the Canary Islands to Antigua. He survived more than a month alone at sea, in an inflatable raft, fighting for his life.
Circling The Sun
Paula McLain, bestselling author of The Paris Wife, now transports her readers into the life of Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a love triangle, with the backdrop of colonial Kenya in the 1920s. It’s a story of freedom, individuality and courage.
In The Country Stories
Mia Alvar’s collection of stories about exiles and emigrants leaving the Philippines to start new lives as maids, teachers, health care workers and hired hands in the Middle East and the United States leads readers on an emotional rollercoaster. It switches from times and perspectives, keeps you engrossed as the characters tackle fascinating central issues and leaves you wanting more. This is not a book to accidentally leave at the pool!
Jami Attenberg’s novel is full of bravery, wit and inspiration. It tells the tale of Mazie Phillips, the bawdy, loving proprietress of the famous New York City movie theatre, The Venice. Set in the Jazz Age, Mazie’s life changes when the Great Depression hits and she starts helping those in need on the Lower East Side.