Summer reads

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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There's nothing like reading to ward off summer learning loss and keep children and young adults engaged during the long, lazy days of summer. Whether at the beach, poolside, or on the pillows before bedtime, these titles should keep them more than entertained. Here is our fifth list.

We were eight years in power: An American tragedy

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This novel is a collection of essays originally published in the The Atlantic magazine between 2008 and 2016 over the course of the Barack Obama Administration, but infused with fresh commentary and observations from the author's perspective. Coates reflects on race and the jarring aftermath of Obama's presidency — including the election of Donald Trump. The novel is not just about presidential politics, but also about the new movements that have evolved in the American society and the effect of history on contemporary blacks in the US.

Genre: Autobiography

Published: October 3, 2017

Publisher: One World

Notable: Time magazine listed We Were Eight Years in Power as one of its top 10 non-fiction books of 2017.

Feel free

by Zadie Smith

No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for Zadie Smith. Pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment — dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set against the context of the contemporary, and considered with deep humanity and compassion. In Feel Free, a collection of essays arranged in five sections — In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free — she poses questions we immediately recognise. “What is The Social Network–and Facebook itself – really about?” she asks. The answer: “It's a cruel portrait of us: 500 million sentient people entrapped in the recent careless thoughts of a Harvard sophomore.”

Publisher: Penguin Press

Published: Feb 6, 2018

Custody

by Nancy Thayer

Ambitious and brilliant Kelly Macleod lands her dream job as a family court judge in Massachusetts and is engaged to the perfect guy. But life takes an unexpected turn and changes her happily-ever-after whenMacleod meets her plot-twist — the charismatic and successful doctor Randall Madison, and the two are soon swept into a passionate affair, and as they get to know each other, secrets start to unravel and Macleod finds herself torn between her moral judgment and her deepest desires.

Genre: novel

Published: January 20, 2003 (first published 2001)

Publisher: St Martin's Paperbacks, Ballantine Books

Notables: Nancy Thayer is a New York Times bestselling author.

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