Many a summer-reading list will recommend books to read at the beach, but that model leaves out a lot of warm-weather reading habits. Perhaps you’d like to lie on the grass and leaf through Mary Oliver’s poems about the wonders of the natural world, or pull back the curtain on the political apparatus behind every president’s public image with David Greenberg’s Republic of Spin. Maybe you’d like to tour mid-century Paris with Françoise Gilot, who spent a dramatic decade as Pablo Picasso’s partner and muse. Or maybe you want a fast-paced literary thriller for your plane ride, in which case Lauren Wilkinson’s American Spy—“which zigzags across time and space”—may be just right for you. Here are just some of the books Atlantic staffers are enjoying and looking forward to this summer.
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What We’re Reading
❖ The Swimming-Pool Library, by Alan Hollinghurst
“A historically rich, sensorially powerful, and flat-out raunchy story, the likes of which you may find yourself barely believing you’re allowed to read.”
❖ American Spy, by Lauren Wilkinson
“Wilkinson’s debut novel, a sharply written thriller, zigzags across time and space.”
❖ The Farm, by Joanne Ramos
“The Farm … is a potent tangle of … themes: the corrosive allure of privilege, the ethics of putting a price on fertility, the fine line between employment and exploitation.”