Summer Book Preview

 

There is something truly special about summer. Even if you are working or taking classes, you tend to feel less restricted than during the academic year. Spontaneous vacations occur, you randomly decide to go out for ice cream on a particularly hot night and waking up early isn’t so bad because the morning is the coolest part of the day. Everything seems possible, including reading books for fun. Summer frees us from reading textbooks and notes, providing us with a greater opportunity to read for fun. So in honor of this, here is a preview of books that will be released this summer.

History buffs will be happy to hear that David McCullough has written another book titled, “The Wright Brothers.” It will be released on May 5. A Pulitzer Prize winner for his books “Truman” and “John Adams,” McCullough takes potentially dry content and transforms it into material worth reading. He makes history interesting. His books are always extremely comprehensive and thoroughly researched. I expect “The Wright Brothers” to be of the same quality as all of McCullough’s other books. For anyone traveling by plane this summer, you may find it interesting to read about how today’s planes, with bathrooms and personal televisions, were first created.

For fans of “Sex in the City,” Candace Bushnell’s newest book, “Killing Monica” will be released on June 23. Amazon’s description of the book describes the protagonist Pandy, a successful novelist whose books have led to profitable movies. Pandy wants to switch directions and write a historical novel but she is pressured to continue her famous series. Multiple unfortunate situations give her the chance to pursue changes, but there are obstacles in their way. This book sounds like it would be perfect to read while relaxing at the beach, as Bushnell is known for her humor and pop culture references, making it an entertaining read.

I would wager that nearly every student on this campus read Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” in high school. This was thought to be Lee’s only novel but on July 14, “Go Set a Watchman” will be published, bringing us back to our high school days of reading about Scout and Atticus. This time, though, the characters are a couple decades older. According to The Washington Post, “Go Set a Watchman” was Lee’s first novel, written in the 1950s. However, her publisher wanted the story written from Scout’s perspective as a child, not an adult. Thus “To Kill a Mockingbird” was born and “Go Set a Watchman” remained lost for years. I am very excited to read this book, especially since it was written in the same time period as its predecessor. If it is as successful as “To Kill a Mockingbird”, maybe in years to come, our children will be reading both Lee novels in high school.

“The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog” by W. Bruce Cameron will be released on August 4. This is a fictional story but the plot sounds like a well-developed fantasy about how dogs could have been domesticated to become our companions. The book is set thousands of years ago when man was ready to become extinct. However, man had the advantage of technology-domesticated wolves to help them endure. It is a survival story featuring creative ideas about the domestication of dogs. While you are home with your pet this summer, this book may give you some thoughts as to how your furry friend became the companion he is today.

While these are only a few of the dozens of new books coming out this summer, don’t forget about the hundreds of books in your local library. Reading is the perfect pastime that is also potentially free. You can take books anywhere and read at all hours of the day. Happy summer and happy reading.

 

 

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