arts 05.29.12

Summer Books
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What: The Red House
Who: Mark Haddon
When: June 12
Why: This new novel, from the author of (exceptionally fine) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, is the story of a family gathering in the British countryside, a kaleidoscopic look at the ties that bend.

What: Floating Gold: A Natural (& Unnatural) History of Ambergris
Who: Christopher Kemp
When: Out now
Why: Amber—what-now? We never pass up a chance to read about hardened whale dung and neither should you. The crazily expensive substance, used to turn the Jean Natés of the world into the Jean Patous, makes for an unexpectedly delightful read.

What: The Age of Miracles
Who: Karen Thompson Walker
When: June 26
Why: Dystopia was never so sweetly named. In this debut novel, Walker imagines a world in which the rotation of the earth has slowed (not, you understand, a good thing) and tells the story of a young Californian girl coming of age when the end may be near.

What: The Prisoner of Heaven
Who: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
When: July 10
Why: From the author of The Shadow of the Wind, a return to Barcelona, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, and the Sempere bookshop, this time in 1957. We can't wait.

What: Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
Who: Christopher Hayes
When: June 12
Why: Our respect for Hayes is boundless. His weekly Saturday and Sunday shows, Up With Chris Hayes, are easily the most edifying (and improbably enjoyable) talk on television. In this book, Hayes looks at America of the past 50 years and why seemingly unassailable institutions—political, economic, spiritual, leisure—have actually sundered the public's trust and the social contract.

What: Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day
Who: Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan
When: June 11
Why: Because it was there.

What: Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
Who: Kate Summerscale
When: June 19
Why: Summerscale, the author of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, constructs another fully-researched, true-life account, this time of one woman's feelings on desire, marriage and sex, expressed in a diary at a time and place when that could cause you a world of hurt.

What: Brenner and God
Who: Wolf Haas
When: June 26
Why: Mysteries lovers will be delighted by the first English translation of this hugely popular Austrian writer and his detective, Simon Brenner.

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