Extend the Conversation: What Are You Reading This Summer?

Alyssa Papa
Jul 5, 2023

In our new summer issue of Forum, author Heather Cass White, who's written wisely and well and the art of reading, offers a few lively thoughts about her summer reading life and includes some book recommendations for vacation season. Among her picks: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke's quirky fictional history of English magic; and Ducks, which White describes as Lucy Ellmann's "stream-of-consciousness doorstopper about a day in the life of an Ohio wife and mother." If you missed White's Forum essay, you can read it here.

Do you have a favorite summer read right now? If so, we'd love to hear about it. A great read for Forum editor Danny Heitman, is The Summer Book, Tove Jansson's 1972 novel about a little girl and her grandmother as they pass the season on a little island off the coast of Finland. The writing is deceptively simple and vivid, and Jansson's bite-size vignettes perfectly capture the episodic way we often experience summer.

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