We’re all thinking it. Nowadays, things are pretty exhausting. Whether it’s turning on your television, scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, or even just catching up with friends, news headlines seem to dominate every conversation. Sometimes that even extends to our bookshelves. And, while it’s important to stay informed and read books that help us reflect on what’s happening in the world, sometimes you just need a little break. So, here is a list of smart and relevant must-reads that are party and policy free, with just the right amount of (good) drama.
Read the full review of BEAUTIFUL RUINS.
Hailed by critics, loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, and featuring what is arguably one of the most iconic covers of recent years, Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline in 1962. Funny and romantic, the beauty and wisdom of Jess Walter’s writing in the last chapter alone will leave musical lines of prose engraved in your memory.
Read the full review of HELLO SUNSHINE.
Read the full review of THE IMPOSSIBLE FORTRESS.
If your favorite character is Steve HarringtonIf you liked the era cameos in the Duffer Brothers’ ode to the 80s (from D&D games to Steve Harrington’s hair) you’ll love the mentions of Commodore 64s, early Springsteen & Jolt cola in the love letter to the 80s which is THE IMPOSSIBLE FORTRESS. It follows Billy Marvin and his friends as they hatch a madcap scheme which leads Billy to falsely befriend a loner girl who happens to be a computer whiz. But just as Steve seems like a jerk initially, his heartfelt feelings towards another bad-ass female character (Go Nancy!) mimics how Billy’s feelings also lead him down the right path.