I prefer reading at home, draping myself across various chair-, bed-, and floor-like surfaces. Instrumental music is… well, instrumental. As the photo suggests, perhaps ukulele is an appropriate summer soundtrack.
1. Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins
Change your paradigm this summer with the master of taboo; Tom Robbins is usually all over the place with his prose, but this is a proper novel with taboo subject matter ranging from psychedelic curses to inappropriate romance. A smooth yet hilarious read.
2. Island by Aldous Huxley
If anthropologists study unknown cloistered societies to find unexpected enlightenment or perfection, Aldous Huxley mapped the fantasy of such a world for them. One of his later works, Island houses much more appreciation for moment-by-moment experience, still with a healthy dose of political irony. It’s the greatest classic nobody told you about.
3. Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Our Top Shelf pick for June, this is the book that has gotten rave reviews from one staff member after another, and I only know one thing: I must read it. (Reading now.)
4. Point Your Face at This by Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin came to BookPeople recently, and I realized that for a comedian, he’s a pretty down to earth guy. You wouldn’t know it by these ridiculous drawings, though. They’re the perfect antidote to your summer blues.
5. Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
I loaned my copy to a friend this summer. It’s a beautiful journey through the world of the dead, the world of dreams, and past lives. Amy Tan’s ability to touch the heart of Asian mysticism while keeping a firm ground on American soil is one of the reasons that I love her. The other is her woven prose.