|A look at some of the books we most want to read this summer.
We also want to let you know that we're trying something for the next two months: if you use our links to purchase through Amazon (such as with the books below), you'll be indirectly supporting MUG since we will get a small percentage of sales. As always, MUG will only recommend what we fully believe in. But this kind of affiliate program could potentially raise some issues so we'll try it out and reassess at the end of the summer. We welcome your questions and comments about it any time. One other note: we are strong supporters of local, indie bookstores and we encourage you to support them, too.
Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch
by Barbara A. Perry
Historian Barbara Perry, who wrote Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier, turns her attention to the matriarch of all political matriarchs.
My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles
edited by Peter Biskind
A choice, fly-on-the-wall book of conversations between Welles and fellow director Jaglom in which Welles weighs in on every person and topic imaginable.
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
by Andrew Sean Greer
From the author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli, the story of a woman who undergoes electroshock therapy only to find her life splitting into three lives—one that is happening in 1918, another in 1941, and the other in the present.
The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England
by Ian Mortimer
The author moves from the Medieval times of his last guide to QE1's England, offering the same highly entertaining and interesting look at daily life and attitudes.
by Stephen P. Kiernan
A man found frozen in Arctic ice is brought back to life. The last thing he remembers is falling off a ship—in 1906.
by Gordon Young
On Michael Moore turf, journalist Young returns to his hometown of Flint, Michigan and chronicles his attempts to restore a crumbling house in a bruised city.
The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy
by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley
Katz and Bradley argue that cities are actually pointing the way forward in terms of civic engagement, environmental foresight and economic growth.
by Ivy Pochoda
A mystery set in Red Hook that begins one night when two fifteen-year-olds decide to take a raft into the bay.
by David Gilbert
An ambitious and often very funny novel set on the Upper East Side about a Salinger-like, reclusive novelist and the complicated state of his family relations.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
by Adelle Waldman
A debut novel about a Brooklyn writer, a young man who is the very opposite of a cad. Having a conscience doesn't make the search for love and happiness any easier.
by Charlie Huston
A page-turner about a cyber-terrorist attack.
The English Girl
by Daniel Silva
A thriller with Silva's character Gabriel Allon, Israeli intelligence spy (also: art restorer), is always a terrific read.
The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean
by Philip Caputo
The author takes a road trip with his wife and two dogs, talking to Americans about what they think binds our country together.
Countdown City: The Last Policeman Book II
by Ben Winters
Well, science fiction isn't exactly right: pre-apocalyptic fiction is more precise. If you haven't read the first installment in this trilogy, start there. It's about a stolid young detective keeping calm and carrying on, in spite of the fact that an asteroid, six months from impact, will end it all.
by Jenni Fagan
A debut novel about a young woman in Scotland's foster care, yet in a world that is considerably darker than our own.
The Dark Side of the Enlightenment: Wizards, Alchemists, and Spiritual Seekers in the Age of Reason
by John V. Fleming
How the hucksters mingled with the reality-based community.
A Fort of Nine Towers
by Qais Akbar Omar
A riveting memoir about growing up in Afghanistan.