Magazine article World Literature Today

Summer Reads

Magazine article World Literature Today

Summer Reads

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This summer Web Editor Jen Rickard Blair is planning to read a balance of books that refuel calm and creativity as well as examine human nature and our shared history. She hopes to read these under the shade of big trees, in the company of friends, or in the cool of coffee shops where iced drinks can keep the heat at bay.

Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London

Lauren Elkin

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

This work of nonfiction explores a distinctly female perspective on "the creative potential of the city and the liberating possibilities of a good walk." Having just read Mrs. Dalloway, I'm particularly looking forward to Elkin's literary portraits of Virginia Woolf and many other creative and inspiring women with restless, wandering spirits.

A Zero-Sum Game

Eduardo Rabasa

Trans. Christina MacSweeney

Deep Vellum

I picked up Rabasa's debut novel at last fall's Texas Book Festival, and I'm looking forward to reading this Orwellian satire that tells the story of a small community where a rich money-lending "spectral power" named Selon Perdumes has exerted his power. Delivering a challenge to society's endless consumerism, this tale promises to be a compelling mix of satirical humor and chilling realism. …

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