What your favorite authors are reading this summer
From The Washington Post: http://wapo.st/2r7OYiN
- •Ann PatchettI’ll want a book that’s thrilling and artful, a true page turner that will leave me feeling smart, so I’ll read Maile Meloy’s “Do Not Become Alarmed.” Roxane Gay’s “Hunger” will be at the top of the stack for life-changing memoirs (she is brilliant). And of course I’ll be reading David Sedaris’s “Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002” because a summer in which there is a new Sedaris book is the very definition of a good summer.
- •Colson WhiteheadI’m a news junkie, so my attention span is shot in these days of constant D.C. horror show. Over the last few months I’ve discovered that I can only handle novellas and short novels — 200 pages, then it’s back to cable news for the latest atrocity. Mohsin Hamid’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” “Exit West” and “Ethan Frome” were good discoveries this spring. This summer, I have rereads for “Sula,” “Things Fall Apart” and “Waiting for the Barbarians” lined up. Short and sweet!
- •Jodi PicoultI have three books on my summer reading list! “The Stars Are Fire” looks like Anita Shreve at her best, exploring real-life New England history through the lens of complex characters. I’m also looking forward to “Everyone Brave is Forgiven,” by Chris Cleave, a love story cast against the backdrop of World War II. Finally, “The Hate U Give,” by Angie Thomas, a YA novel that brings the Black Lives Matter movement to life through the eyes of a young black girl.
- •Tana FrenchI’m finally going to finish Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House.” No one does eeriness like Shirley Jackson; no one breaks down the boundaries of your reality and draws you into hers with quite the same inexorable power. I started “Haunting” once before, and it spooked me so badly that I stopped, so I’m hoping that reading it on a sunny beach will defuse it a little. I’m also planning to read Marlon James’s “A Brief History of Seven Killings.”
- •Chimamanda AdichieI’m planning to read Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns,” which I have been saving to read for a while and am very much looking forward to.
- •Carl HiaasenI’m looking forward to “The Last Hack,” a novel about cyber-stealth by Christopher Brookmyre, a sharp and funny Scottish writer. Another book high on my summer list is George Saunders’s “Lincoln in the Bardo.” Now if only Seth Meyers would write “Trump in the Lago.”
- •Diane RehmI’m totally hooked on Elizabeth Strout. First I reread “My Name is Lucy Barton.” Now I’m reading “Amy and Isabelle,” and finishing up her latest, “Anything Is Possible.” Her characters, their stories, their interwoven lives have me mesmerized.
- •Philip KerrI’m planning to read “The Essential Paradise Lost,” by John Carey. “Paradise Lost” was once celebrated throughout Europe as one of the sublime achievements of mankind. Today this masterpiece is little read except by students. It’s years since I was forced to read Milton’s poem in school and, in an attempt to bring it to a wider audience, Carey has shortened the text and reveals new insights into the poet’s sources of inspiration.
- •Imbolo MbueRecent or soon-to-be-released books I would love to read this summer include Naoki Higashida’s memoir of living with severe autism, “Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8”; Jonathan Dee’s “The Locals” (it sounds very ambitious and seemingly explores several social issues our country is currently dealing with); Stephanie Powell Watt’s “No One is Coming to Save Us."
- •Elinor Lipman“Shattered,” by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes because I am a political junkie. “My Darling Detective,” by Howard Norman (I had to put it aside for some duty reading but can’t wait to get back to it). “Small Admissions,” by Amy Poeppel because I met her recently and was so impressed. “Dinner with Edward,” by Isabel Vincent because I love memoirs and food. “Anything Is Possible,” by Elizabeth Strout because she wrote “Olive Kitteridge.”
- •Nathan HillI’m finishing a book tour this summer, and the novels I’ve packed to keep me company on airplanes are “Private Citizens,” by Tony Tulathimutte, “The Muse,” by Jessie Burton, and “Imagine Wanting Only This,” by Kristen Radtke. I’m also looking forward to “Blind Spot,” by Teju Cole, a book that combines two of my favorite hobbies: photography and reading Teju Cole.
- •Angie ThomasAt the top is “Ramona Blue” by the incredible Julie Murphy. I absolutely loved “Side Effects May Vary” and “Dumplin’,” so I know I will love this one, too. (Plus, it’s set in my home state, Mississippi — bonus points.) I also can’t wait to finally read “When Dimple Met Rishi,” by Sandhya Menon.
- •Ayelet WaldmanAn old favorite is “Atonement,” by Ian McEwan. I read it last week. I’ll probably reread it at least once more. I’ll keep my copies of the story collections of Lorrie Moore and Tobias Wolff close at hand. I often start the work day by reading a story by one or the other of them.
- •Diana GabaldonWhen I finish a book, I pick up whatever looks most appealing from the tottering piles at hand. What’s on top now, though, is “The Last Hack,” by Christopher Brookmyre, “Creatures of Will and Temper,” by Molly Tanzer, and “The Murderer’s Maid,” by Erika Mailman — all batting their eyelashes at me. When the time comes, I guess I’ll flip a coin…
- •David McCulloughWhen I’m working on a book, I can only devote my time to the reading necessary for the book. But thanks for asking!