At the Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the US, I snapped up a stack of classics from a used book tent. Find out more about these selections and other staff and contributor picks.
As summer comes to a close, must our reading passion also wane with the season? I am happy to report the opposite to be true this month for me. The kids are back in school but not yet inundated with projects; thus, my mounting stack of books topples over with new selections now more than ever. Check out our recent favorites, some of which are hot off the presses.
We’re now a month past the solstice, and summer is in full swing. If you’re reaching the end of a book or bottom of your stack, our writers and editors offer you some smart and award-worthy titles to round out and refresh your summer reading selections.
This time of year brings delightful signs of rebirth and change. I find myself seeking commencement speeches to read in the hope I might soak up their heady optimism for positive growth. But while I have my head in the clouds, I am happy to learn that literary mamas back on earth have been reading lengthier pieces they can share with us.
There are times you pick up a book that becomes a fast friend you can’t imagine letting go. I haven’t read a book in a while that I couldn’t put down, but I do so love that feeling. Literary Mama contributors shared what they’re reading, which might just enchant you enough to become your next best friend.
I used to fantasize that if I ever met Nora Ephron, I’d invite her to supper, at which she would taste my meatballs and declare me her new best friend. I pleased to report after laughing and crying my way through Delia Ephron’s Sister Mother Husband Dog: (Etc.), I have a new Ephron to invite to my table.
A new year tends to make me want to revisit Verlyn Klinkenborg’s The Rural Life. Organized by months, January through December, it’s a collection of small meditations on life in the world—a world that those who lived in the United States 100 years ago could recognize, the one that includes pigs, bees, potatoes, horses.