Summer Reading List

Journalist Nicholas D. Kristof offers his summer reading list with “great novels relating to social justice.”  He asks, why read fluff when you can read “mindful page-turners” on the beach?

Have you read any of these?  since high school?

  • Germinal by Emile Zola
  • Pale Fire by Vladimr Nabokov (author of Lolita)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain
  • Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
For a short summary of each, go to Kristof’s essay:  Action! Romance! Social Justice!

Would you rather stick with nonfiction? NPR’s Rachel Smythe has these suggestions:

  • The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal (Read my review here)
  • Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden
  • Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams
For more ideas on nonfiction, see Smythe’s article: Summers’ Biggest Juiciest Nonfiction Adventures
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