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André Aciman, Sarah Wildman, and Others Build a Summer Reading List

Looking for a good book to sink into at the beach in these waning dog days? Friends share what they’ve loved lately.

August 14, 2015
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There are roughly three weeks until the summer clock unofficially runs down. How will you spend these last lazy days? Maybe you’ll be under an umbrella by the sea or in a hammock next to a green meadow or flopped on a big, soft couch in your very own living room. Wherever you are, you’ll want a good book by your side.

To help you figure out exactly what that good book will be, Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry asked some experts what they’ve enjoyed reading this summer and what they’re still yearning to dive into.

Music for this week’s podcast comes from Podington Bear.


Book Recommendations:

André Aciman, essayist and novelist
A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz, Göran Rosenberg
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
Persuasion, Jane Austen
Agnes Grey, Anne Brontë

Nat Bernstein, Jewish Book Council Network Coordinator
The Sunlit Night, Rebecca Dinerstein
Book of Numbers, Joshua Cohen

Amelia Kahaney, YA novelist and short-story writer
Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
The Beautiful Bureaucrat, Helen Phillips
The Unfortunates, Sophie McManus
The Story of the Lost Child, Elena Ferrante [forthcoming, Sept 2015]

Sarah Wildman, author and journalist
My Salinger Year, Joanna Rakoff
The Boston Girl, Anita Diamant
The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World, George Prochnik
Kathe: I’ve Always Been Here, Espen Søbye [Fall, 2015]
The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West, Michelle Goldberg

Marjorie Ingall, Tablet columnist and author of a forthcoming book on Jewish mothers
Some Girls Are, Courtney Summers
In the Unlikely Event, Judy Blume
Dietland, Sarai Walker

Vox Tablet is Tablet Magazine’s weekly podcast, hosted by Sara Ivry and produced by Julie Subrin. You can listen to individual episodes here or subscribe on iTunes.

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