On August 21, all of North America will be given the opportunity to view one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights—a solar eclipse. While from our offices here in New York we’ll only see a partial eclipse, we’re still celebrating this celestial event with a list of some of our favorite “sun” and “moon” books!
Set in Kenya in the 1920s, this captivating novel illustrates the life of Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator who becomes caught in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who wrote the classic memoir OUT OF AFRICA under the pen name Isak Dinesen.
If you loved A MOVEABLE FEAST, you should try PARIS TO THE MOON. Adam Gopnik, a longtime writer for the New Yorker, spent several years based in Paris. This delightful collection of essays, some previously published in the New Yorker, are funny and contemplative at once. I always feel nostalgic for Paris when I read them.
From the author of THE KITE RUNNER comes the heart-wrenching story of Mariam and Laila, two Afghani women jarringly brought together by war, loss, and fate. Chronicling 30 years of Afghan history through the eyes of these two women, A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS paints a story of friendship, family, and love in a time of great unrest.
A young British teenager is separated from his parents when the Japanese invade Shanghai, where he lives. His struggle to find his parents and to survive as a prisoner of war is crazy and quite harrowing. Trivia: did you know the movie adaptation stars a very young Christian Bale? I know, right?!
Claudia Hampton, a strong, independent woman and bestselling author, recalls her contentious relations with family and friends and the one short-lived love affair that resonated throughout her life in this Man Booker Prize–winning novel.
After losing both his mother and brother, 22-year-old Etto finds himself adrift in his soccer-obsessed small Italian town. When a scandal-ridden Ukrainian soccer star arrives, though, Etto learns life might have more to offer him than he ever expected.