Great Summer Reading Books
Published: June 2009
By Amy Farley
Want to explore the world without ever leaving your beach chair? Try sitting down with these new globe-spanning titles.
British novelist Rachel Cusk’s The Last Supper (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, $25) is a perceptive account of the pleasures and perils that resulted from uprooting her family from England to the Italian countryside for a winter. ● Sag Harbor (Doubleday, $24.95), Colson Whitehead’s acclaimed autobiographical novel, tells the story of an awkward New York teenager summering on Long Island in 1985. ● Two new titles will have the food-focused turning pages: in Cooking Dirty (FSG, $26), critic Jason Sheehan recounts years of toiling in kitchens across the United States, from a diner in Buffalo to a crab shack in Tampa, while the never-before-published dispatches of dozens of writers employed by the Depression-era WPA are collected in The Food of a Younger Land (Riverhead Books, $27.95) . ● Bangkok Days (FSG, $25) is Lawrence Osborne’s atmospheric, not-for-the-fainthearted recollection of expat life in the Thai capital.