Whether you're sitting by a pool or lounging in your living room, summer reading is the ultimate getaway. And we have some truly fabulous books for you to read this season—escapist and page-turning, literary and lush. Plus a chance to win a set of these ten books (keep reading!):
Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison
Jonathan Evison's vibrant, often funny, and always bighearted writing is on full display in his brand-new novel, an adventurous and moving story about Dave and his seven-year-old daughter, Bella, struggling to live off the grid in Washington’s Cascade mountain range. Johnny, the devoted dad of three kids, felt a personal connection to the story, too.
"It was heartbreaking living inside Dave and Bella under such circumstances," Johnny says of writing Legends of the North Cascades. "But what carried me through and ultimately saved me was the same thing that saved them: their fierce love for each other, their dependence on each other, their unshakeable faith in each other despite how bad things might get. While the novel is unquestionably an adventure story, at its core it is the story of the love between parent and child, a love that is tested at every turn."
"By the age of nine, I will have lived in more than a dozen countries, on five continents, under six assumed identities. I’ll know how a document is forged, how to withstand an interrogation, and most important, how to disappear . . ."
To the young Cheryl Diamond, life felt like one big adventure, whether she was hurtling down the Himalayas in a rickety car or mingling with underworld fixers. What Diamond didn’t yet know was that she was born into a family of outlaws fleeing from the highest international law enforcement agencies, a family with secrets that would eventually catch up to all of them.
Wild, heart-wrenching, and unexpectedly funny, Nowhere Girl is an impossible-to-believe true story of self-discovery and triumph. Think The Glass Castle meets Catch Me If You Can.
Afterlife by Julia Alvarez: The internationally bestselling author and National Medal of Arts winner returns to novels for adults with the story of Antonia Vega, an immigrant writer whose world is turned upside down with the sudden death of her beloved husband, the disappearance of her bighearted, unstable sister, and the arrival of a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep.
Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui: Now, during this Olympic summer, is the time for a dive into swimming! A lifelong swimmer and award-winning author shows us our own connection to water and to other people who are drawn to it, both its dangers and its buoyancy, in this Time Magazine Must-Read Book.
Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle: Empathetic and profound, a master storyteller deconstructs and reconstructs what it means to be a father or a mother—and an adult child learning to make sense of the hieroglyphics of history and memory.
The Falling Woman by Richard Farrell: A dedicated National Transportation Safety Board agent searches for the sole survivor of a midair plane explosion and finds himself drawn into the woman’s moving and personal fight to keep her survival secret. A page-turning novel.
Miracle Country by Kendra Atleework: In this impressive debut memoir, which won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, Atleework weaves the history of the land where she grew up (the Eastern Sierra mountains) into her family's moving story, along with galvanizing writing about climate change and a universal message about the meaning of home.
As we celebrate Pride Month this June, we’re honored to share these fantastic books exploring the vast range of the LGBTQ+ experience. From Zak Salih's Let's Get Back to the Party, an exceptional debut novel that explores what it means to be a gay man in the United States now, to Jeffrey H. Jackson's Paper Bullets, a Stonewall Honor Book that shares the remarkable true story of gender-norm-defying lesbian partners Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe, who used their art to subvert the Nazis.
From Whiting Award winner Jaquira Díaz's stunning memoir Ordinary Girls about growing up in a Puerto Rico and Miami—to stories about our sixteenth president's complicated sexuality in Courting Mr. Lincoln by Louis Bayard, women forging community in an Indian slum in A People's History of Heaven, a queer woman's return to her West Virginia roots in Sugar Run by Mesha Maren, and a preacher's coming to terms with his brother and his own values in Southernmost by Silas House.
There's something for everyone in these stories of strength, individuality, and community.
Insightful and inspiring, the original essays by our Spring/Summer 2021 fiction authors in the Algonquin Reader are some of our favorite reading of the year! Each is paired with an excerpt from the author's new novel: Layla AlAmmar's Silence Is a Sense, Kaitlyn Greenidge's Libertie, Polly Samson's A Theater for Dreamers, Jonathan Evison's Legends of the North Cascades, Rachel Donohue's The Temple House Vanishing, and Fiona Mozley's Hot Stew.
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