Long Summer Reads

The summer solstice will arrive this week on June 21. For the longest day of the year, we are sharing books that you can read from sunrise to sunset without interruption. 

  • Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts. This comprehensive look at the legendary leader starts from when Churchill is a baby, examining his roots to track his path as a man sure of his beliefs despite the doubters. The author had access to new material, such as War Cabinet transcripts, letters, and even the notes from the diary of King George VI. Pick a comfortable chair because this book clocks in at more than 1,000 pages.
  • Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. Murakami is no stranger to long novels and his newest doesn’t disappoint at more than 650 pages. The narrator, never named, moves into the house of a famous painter after his marriage falls apart. His reality is disrupted when he finds a violent painting by the famous artist hidden in the attic and at night hears a mysterious ringing bell.
  • The Nix by Nathan Hill is more than 600 pages. Samuel is shocked when his mother makes the nightly news for throwing rocks at a radical presidential candidate. He hadn’t seen her since she abandoned him at 11. Is his mother the woman he remembers, the small-town girl who married her childhood sweeheart or is she the woman portrayed by the media, a hippie forever changed during the violence of the 1968 Democratic Convention?
  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Genes have entered our culture, with offers of finding out your ancestry, tailoring vitamins and diets to your specific needs, and who better to give you an overview of genes than the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of Maladies, which covered the history of cancer.  In almost 600 pages, Mukherjee gives details on genetic research but weaves in a story about the personal impact by inspecting his family, including differences between his mother and her twin sister.
  • Year One by Nora Roberts. This start of dystopian fantasy series will take you on a journey more than 400 pages long. A magical epidemic begins on a farm in Scotland and ends up killing more than 2 billion people within a year. The survivors discover unleashed powers that divide the world into those who want to destroy and those that want to start over.

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Written by sgrijalva on June 18, 2019