Later this summer our family is taking a week vacation where our primary activities will be cooking, napping and reading. I’m interested in what books you’d recommend I bring; I’m especially interested in fiction as I read far too few novels.
I’m coming to the end of Manning Marble’s fantastic new biography of Malcolm X. It’s a large book built on two decades of research and I’ve learned so much about this iconic figure, along with the context that was so influential in his life and work.
Parker Palmer’s small book, Let Your Life Speak, has been my weekly day-off reading for the past few weeks. I’ve found myself referencing the book in multiple conversations and this will be a resource I recommend to those thinking about vocation, calling, career, etc.
Two books await some upcoming time away from work. I’ve enjoyed Alan Jacobs’ essays and have been anticipating his latest, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. For my birthday last week Maggie gave me How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish, a book that promises to be far more interesting than the title suggests. (Unless you’re the sort who notices the ways words are stacked together. You know who you are.)
Lastly, my sister and brother-in-law gave me a subscription to The New York Review of Books that should begin arriving any day. I have a thing about rotating magazine subscriptions yearly so this replaces The Believer which I thoroughly enjoyed, mostly for its utterly unpredictable but always intriguing content.