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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Preview the 2017 Summer Literary Special

The season of sweat is upon us, and that means it's time for some curiosity-quenching, mind-drenching Summer Reads. With reviews of sizzling, recently released works and ample lists of favorites from a bevy of darling authors, this brilliantly bookish issue delivers. So break out that beach blanket, your beverage of choice, and feast your eyes on some quality tomes that are seriously lit.

Roxane Gay Is The Hardest-Working Woman In Letters
A prolific writer of many forms, Gay is an undeniable master of prose who never shies away from even the most raw-nerve tingling topics. In her latest, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, she unflinchingly tackles her intensely personal lifelong battle with her own body. Delving into the painful origins of these mental melees, including the inciting physical assaults and trauma that spurred everything on, this is a deeply painful memoir that was "necessary to write" for Gay, who hopes her remarkable story will help change how the world perceives people confined to certain contours.  
Teju Cole Explores How We See The World In "Blind Spot"
With his visually stunning and ideologically compelling new book Blind Spot, renowned author/photographer Cole takes us on an exploration of numerous cities around the globe (Nuremburg, London, Selma, more!), detailing the visual through-lines that connect them. Ranging from stark, direct imagery to ephemeral vibes, he maps out both the memorable and the subtle, weaving a pleasingly puzzling geographic/historic tale.
Don Winslow's New York Is Strong With The Dark Side In "The Force"
Best known for his work in the criminal realm (as a writer, not a felon), Winslow has pumped out an admirable collection of tour de force novels over the last decade. Combining themes from his best-sellers The Cartel and The Winter of Frankie Machine, Winslow is back with The Force, which unearths the deep corruption of the police brotherhood and political machine in his fav city: NYC.
"The Bachelor" Meets "The Handmaid's Tale" in Catherine Lacey's New Novel
Lacey has not just defied genres with her tales; she's actually merged them into unforgettable hybrids, creating uniquely forged worlds where anything fantastical can happen, and it all somehow seems logical. Her latest effort The Answers finds her protagonist seeking freedom from the religious shackles that she grew up with by use of a new-age therapy known as PAK (Pneuma Adaptive Kinesthesia), which leads her down a rabbit hole of Scientology-esque complications and service-based dating applications…
Christopher Bollen Has Written This Summer's Book Of Bad Behavior
Purloined property. Salacious affairs. Heart-stopping murder plots. What else could you ask for in a summer read? Bollen delivers yet another deviously delightful hit with the wickedly fulfilling The Destroyers, which gives us a perversely imagined insider's glimpse into the world of the super elite, as they frolic on the Greek isle of Patmos (an area first referenced in the Book of Revelation, as the locale for the world's grand finale – clearly not an accident).
Five Classic Books to Get Woke By
Political/historical connoisseur Jeremy McCarter has a new book out this summer, Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals, which details turn of the 20th century American activism. Strikingly relevant to today's political climate, this nonfiction piece shows McCarter's acute awareness of his surroundings. Here he recommends five can't-miss revelations in the governmental sphere, the first dating all the way back to 1871.

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