Books I Distinctively Remember Reading in Summer

  1. Lolita
    I was working in a used bookstore that was mostly quiet and there was a Stevie Wonder cassette of Hotter than July that was on all the time. Ideal circumstances.
  2. The Great Condominium Rebellion
    Story is exactly what you think: Jewish kids irate over the rules at Floridian grandparents. This is that summer when you're young and you want life to be more like Goonies and The Legend of Billie Jean. Rage-Lite.
  3. In the Lake of the Woods
    Haunting and hard, (what is less summer than footnotes in fiction?), Tim O'Brien's meditative, thrilling, densely plotted story of relationships, politics, ay yay, I remember it making me excited for September, for footnote season.
  4. When Breath Becomes Air
    Took my time, read, cry, swim, repeat. Hard act to follow because it's funny and funnysad (you know that kind of funny) and smart and soulful. Suggestions welcome.