We’re stocking up on these summer page-turners.
On the beach and on the go, here’s what we’re reading this season.
An American Marriage
By Tayari Jones
This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.
By Min Jin Lee
Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee’s complex and passionate characters—strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis—survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.
The Sun and Her Flowers
By Rupi Kaur
From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Milk and Honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. This is a vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing, ancestry and honoring one’s roots, expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming … a celebration of love in all its forms.
Call Me By Your Name
By André Aciman
The novel that inspired the award-wining film, this story observes a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when during the restless summer weeks unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.
The fourth annual walk raised more than $750,000 for children with special needs and for South Bay education foundations. More than 8,500 people participated in the 3.4-mile walk from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back.