A Monthly Look at Hot Books and Cool Reads

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Circling the Sun: A Novel
Paula McLain

This is the novel everyone will be reading this summer. Lush settings, memorable people, and themes of adventure, romance, friendship, individuality, and defiance make this one that will appeal to a wide range of readers. It’s a fictionalized version of the life of Beryl Markham, the British-born Kenyan aviator, horse trainer, and author of West with the Night. If you loved Out of Africa—or if you were a fan of McLain’s last book, The Paris Wife—this is for you.

Meet the author at the Salon@615 event on August 4.



A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
Jimmy Carter

Here’s a must-read: Following up on his wonderful An Hour Before Daylight, Jimmy Carter gives us A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety. The 39th President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and international humanitarian reflects on his life with eloquent candor here. He describes the highs and lows of his military career, the influence his family and upbringing in rural Georgia had on the man he became, his marriage to Rosalynn, and the path his career has taken since his presidency—plus opinions on current events and world leaders.

Meet President Carter at the Salon@615 event on July 23.



The Festival of Insignificance
Milan Kundera

Publisher’s Weekly writes, “This novel is a fitting bookend to Kundera’s long career intersecting the absurd and the moral,” and we’d have to agree. That’s Kundera’s sweet spot. Fans of his writing will snap up this highly anticipated new novel by the author who brought us classics such as The Unbearable Lightness of Being and so many more. You have to read it to “get it” (this is one that sort of defies description), so please: read it.




Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee

It’s the book no one ever expected to see . . . until now. Readers everywhere are still reeling from the news that after decades of insisting she’d never publish another book, Harper Lee has agreed to release Go Set a Watchman. The “new” novel centers around familiar characters, including Scout Finch, set years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird. Some are calling it a sequel, although Lee supposedly wrote it years before Mockingbird. We’re as curious as you are.

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