Summer Reading 2018 | Reading List for Adults

Fiction

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

A romantic comedy about two people who meet in an elevator and become co-conspirators.






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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Imagine you have a perfect life, perfect marriage, plenty of money, career going well... when suddenly your spouse is arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.

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The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

The Female Persuasion tracks Greer, a burgeoning writer, as she begins her career as an assistant for a famous feminist.





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Heads of Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

A stark, fresh, and inventive collection of short stories that will send you reeling.






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Circe by Madeline Miller

After Zeus banishes a young witch, she must decide between gods and mortals.







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Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

Nesbo sets the play in a rundown industrial town in the 1970s, and casts two policemen navigating a drug epidemic that plagues the town.


Nonfiction

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Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith

A smart and funny collection of widespread cultural observations.







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Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure by Amy Kaufman

Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman explores the cultural fascination with the long-running TV franchise The Bachelor.

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Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey

A collection of essays about navigating her career as an activist, comedian, and master of social media.



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Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump by Dan Pfeiffer

From Obama's former communications director and current co-host of Pod Save America comes a colorful account of how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama presidency.

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