This article is from Issue 64: July/August 2013

The RELEVANT Summer Reading Guide

We read to know that we are not alone,” as C.S. Lewis famously said. If that’s so—and we believe it is—we’re about to put you in some very good company this summer.

Introducing: a pair of ethically conscious vampires, the strongest—and perhaps most inspiring—librarian you’ll ever meet, a spoken word artist who wants to show you how to dance, a little boy who’s afraid of the dark and many more.

It took hours of sifting, deliberating, debating and trimming, but in the end, we landed what we think is the brightest and best for your summer reading pleasure.

We know—we’re about the make your vacation packing list a little longer, and your beach bag a little heavier. But we think by the time you’ve made it through these page-turners, mind-benders, heart-warmers and game-changers, you’ll thank us for it.

So kick back and relax—it’s summertime, which is simply another way to say it’s story time.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Therese Anne Fowler

Fiction

We’re big advocates of reading the book before the movie—which we’re going to trust you did before heading to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby on the big screen in May (If we’re wrong, we don’t want to know). But if you can’t get enough of that jazz-soaked charm, we’ll take it a step further and recommend reading another book after the movie. In Z, Therese Anne Fowler pulls back the curtain to reveal an intimate backstory in the life of Fitzgerald’s ever-captivating, ever-complicated wife, Zelda. From the fictionalized perspective of Zelda herself, Z charts the turbulent path from her and her husband’s star-crossed love and success to their slow-motion demise.

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls

David Sedaris

Nonfiction

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