Summer officially starts June 21st, but, the New York Times’ Summer reading list is out with their choices of what should be the book blockbusters of the season. Stephen King is always one of my favorite summer reading authors and he is on the list with “The Knockoff.” I really like David McCullough and his new book “The Wright Brothers” will definitely be in my book bag. One title that has been described as “the Gone Girl” of this summer is “Disclaimer.” This is a debut thriller by Renée Knight that looks intriguing.
Here’s the list…
THE KNOCKOFFby Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. 338 pages. Doubleday. $25.95.
FINDERS KEEPERSby Stephen King. 434 pages. Scribner. $30. (June 2.)
LOOK WHO’S BACKby Timur Vermes. Translated by Jamie Bulloch. 313 pages. MacLehose. $25.99.
SO YOU’VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMEDby Jon Ronson. 290 pages. Riverhead Books. $27.95.
TERMS OF SERVICE: SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE PRICE OF CONSTANT CONNECTIONby Jacob Silverman. 429 pages. Harper/HarperCollins Publishers. $33.50.
THE LAST LOVE SONG: A BIOGRAPHY OF JOAN DIDION by Tracy Daugherty. 703 pages. St. Martin’s Press. $35. (Aug. 25.)
THE INGENIOUS MR. PYKE: INVENTOR, FUGITIVE, SPYby Henry Hemming. Illustrated. 500 pages. PublicAffairs. $26.99.
THE WRIGHT BROTHERSby David McCullough. 320 pages. Simon & Schuster. $30.
DISCLAIMERby Renée Knight. 336 pages. HarperCollins Publishers. $25.99.
THE ROYAL WEby Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. 454 pages. Grand Central Publishing. $26.
OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS by Shanna Mahin. 358 pages. Dutton. $26.95.
BARBARIAN DAYS: A SURFING LIFEby William Finnegan. Illustrated. 447 pages. Penguin Press. $27.95. (July 21.)
ORIENT by Christopher Bollen. 612 pages. Harper/HarperCollins Publishers. $26.99.
THE CARTELby Don Winslow. 640 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $27.95 (June 23.)
YOUR BAND SUCKS: WHAT I SAW AT INDIE ROCK’S FAILED REVOLUTION (BUT CAN NO LONGER HEAR)by Jon Fine. 302 pages. Viking. $27.95.
SICK IN THE HEAD: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT LIFE AND COMEDYby Judd Apatow. 489 pages. Random House. $27. (June 16.)
THE MARRIAGE BOOK: CENTURIES OF ADVICE, INSPIRATION, AND CAUTIONARY TALES FROM ADAM AND EVE TO ZOLOFTby Lisa Grunwald and Stephen Adler. Illustrated. 536 pages. Simon and Schuster. $35.
But, the list does not come without critics. Jason Parham points out the the list is 100% “white.” He suggests these books for a little variety…
In the Country by by Mia Alvar
The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Flood of Fire by Amitov Ghosh
Loving Day by Mat Johnson