The Karaoke Singer's Guide to Self-defense by Tim Kinsella
An awkward family unites after losing one of their own and is left to compare memories. This multi-perspective account of coping, love and, of course, karaoke will leave you dizzied and enamored.|
Read it: On a warm summer's evening before meeting up with friends.
Fun Camp by Gabe Durham
Gabe Durham revives your subdued memories of bug juice, failed attempts to excel at archery, popsicle-stained kisses and grass-stains. That's right, he brings you back to camp, and he unearths all of the confusion and complex politics that accompanied it. |
Read it: At camp, duh.
The Weather Stations by Ryan Call
In this world Ryan Call creates, the Weather is not so different from power-mad Zeus on high – it mockingly erodes the earth, cracks the sky like egg shells; you rally with the protagonists and your support gives them power – lash back out at the clouds! construct a city in the troposphere! tape together the firmament!
Read it: An airport terminal or beach-side.
Tina by Peter Davis
Peter Davis has a lot to say to Tina. Who is Tina? Tina is hard to track down. Follow Davis down the rabbit hole of his life-long pursuit of Tina, see what you come up with.|
Read it: Out loud on your front porch (ideally to someone named Tina).
Why We Never Talk About Sugar by Aubrey Hirsch
Sixteen stories, deep and rich, take you through the mire of life gently. Hirsch's characters are broken down, perseverent, and isolated. These are authentic accounts of humanity, filled with beauty and damnation.|
Read it: Front porch swing at night with a cold beer.
Naked Summer by Andrew Scott
Naked Summer reminds me how thick the mid-western summer air is, the sound of cicadas quaking in the air, the tug of burnt skin peeling off of my nose; it reminds me the land is flat and harder than cement and how it will take me where I want to go if I let it – the trouble is figuring out where to go.
Read it: Outside, preferably barefoot in the grass.
Book reports are due August 31. Aand don't forget to answer the essay prompts. JUST KIDDING, IT'S SUMMER.
Short descriptions of each title are courtesy of Vouched Books. Thanks, Vouched!