Summer Reading List

You can tell a lot about a person by what's on their bookshelf. And from the looks of this reading list submitted by our inspiring readers, mere categories can't contain the range of interests, pleasures, voices, and styles of books you're reading this summer.  

You submitted what you're currently reading, what you just finished, and what you can't wait to pick up next. While some sent in entire lists of their own, this is a sample of what we heard from you. This eclectic list of 33 books is one to lust for and if there's something on here you want to read next, now you know who to ask about a recommendation. Many of you were reading the same books anyway. Go forth and discuss amongst y'selves.

[for a complete list of all the submissions, see the document here.]


The Broken Earth Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin

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Melanie Greene

The Body Keeps the Score Bessel by Van Der Kolk, M.D.

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Molly Poerstel

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

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Jessie Young

Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Joanna Kotze

Middlemarch by George Eliot

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Lucy Kaminsky

Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector

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Anna Witenberg

The Alphabet Versus The Goddess by Leonard Shlain

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Will Rawls

Speedboat by Renata Adler

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Kim Brandt

Trauma Stewardship by Connie Burke and Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

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devynn emory

The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing MeI by Lanling Xiaoxiao Sheng

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Tingying Ma

Crudo by Olivia Laing

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Ayano Elson

The Fall of Wisconsin by Dan Kaufman

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Diana Crum

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

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Alex Romania

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Oritz

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Megan Byrne

The Overstory by Richard Powers

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Greta Hartenstein

Native Country of the Heart by Cherríe Moraga

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Martita Abril

The Empty Family by Colm Tóibín

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Simon Courchel

The Source of Self-Regard Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison

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David Thomson

We Live for the We: the Political Power of Black Motherhood by Dani McClain

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Rebecca Wender

So Far From God by Ana Castillo

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alyssa carter

The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde by Audre Lorde

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Jessica Cook

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

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Nora Stephens

Offering from the Conscious Body by Janet Adler

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Courtney Cooke

A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None by Kathryn Yusoff

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Iréne Hultman

Experiments in Joy by Gabrielle Civil

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Tara Aisha Willis

Motherhood by Sheila Heti

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Katie Dean

Before Pictures by Douglas Crimp

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Meg Clixby

The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector

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Ursula Eagly

Metamorphoses by Ovid

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Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

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jess pretty

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

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Kim Brandt and Ayano Elson

Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown

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Rebecca Wender and jess pretty

Queer Times, Black Future by Kara Keeling

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Iréne Hultman and Tara Aisha Willis

Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Melanie Greene, Molly Poerstel, Jessie Young, Joanna Kotze, Lucy Kaminsky, Anna Witenberg, Will Rawls, Kim Brandt, devynn emory, Tingying Ma, Ayano Elson, Diana Crum, Alex Romania, Megan Byrne, Greta Hartenstein, Martita Abril, Simon Courchel, David Thomson, Rebecca Wender, alyssa carter, Jessica Cook, Nora Stephens, Courtney Cooke, Iréne Hultman, Tara Aisha Willis, Katie Dean, Meg Clixby, Ursula Eagly, jess pretty and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste.


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