Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. – Mason Cooley
Summer vacations can be dull and tedious for college and grad students. Many might have internships and courses planned but still, it is a long period of time spent at home. Books are the ultimate saviour. With numerous genres to pick from everyone can pick a book to pass off their leisure time. So here is a list of 8 books to check out this summer.
8 Books To Read This Summer
1. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore
A New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller the book narrates the stories of two boys, both of them named Wes Moores. Born in Baltimore just a few years apart, deal with almost similar circumstances. But one of them grows to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader while the other serves a life sentence in prison for committing a murder. How did this happen? The book is about a generation of boys trying to find a way through this belligerent world.
2. The Palace of Illusions, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
A rendition of the male dominant epic Mahabharat, the book is narrated from Panchali’s perspective. Born of fire, wife of the five Pandavas brothers the story revolves around Draupadi’s emotions of love, diffidence, envy and desire. Divakaruni steps into the shoes of a complex and intriguing character and the result are brilliant.
3. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly
This is an account of 4 talented African- American women-Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden. The timeline of this book is from 1930s-1960s when women were still compared as subservient to men, these 4 “human computers” proved their intellectual while working at NASA during the Space Race. They participated in many of the NASA’s exceptional successes. The book tells the story of their challenges, hardships and victory to lead their country to greatness.
4. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
The protagonist is Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. Her name derives from the word “Of Fred”, it is evident the handmaids were forbidden to use their birth name. The situation like this and many others, the book tells the story of subjugation in a patriarchal society. Women fight for their independence and individualism in the extremes of theocratic government. Learn about the horrors of the resulting society where women have no recognition.
5. Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir, by Basharat Peer
This is a powerful memoir by the Indian journalist Basharat Peer. In a war-torn Kashmir, a young boy struggles to lead a customary life but no is graced from the conflicting circumstances. This book will change your whole viewpoint about Kashmir.
6. The Inscrutable Americans, by Anurag Mathur
A hysterical and poignant novel, the book is about the cultural differences between Indian and American cultures. The main protagonist Gopal moves to America on student exchange program and novel beautifully narrates his encounters for which he is unprepared. His experience of ethnic shocks, immigrant experiences and frustration with the language are comical and germane.
7. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
This is a true story of a young lawyer and his fight with the broken Justice System. Bryan Stevenson, founder of Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate takes up the case of a young man sentenced to death for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. A book on conspiracies, political schemes and the power of mercy can lead to redemption.
8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
This is a captivating story about a 15 years old boy Christopher John Francis Boone, who describes himself as “a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties”. He can relate more to animals than human sentiments. An unlikely story about his quest to inspect the doubtful death of a neighborhood dog. A fascinating portrayal of a person who perceives the world complete literal sense.
Hope these 8 books will help you in spending time this summer.