Summer Reading season has officially begun, and my “to be read” pile is ready.
I’ve already finished my first novel of the summer reading sprint – There There by Tommy Orange.
Orange’s highly praised novel follows the lives of twelve “Urban Indians” living in Oakland, California. All of the characters are on their way to a powwow, and their lives intersect and ultimately collide at the event. It is a powerful and memorable novel. I’ve read many glowing reviews of Orange’s novel, but these lines from the Kirkus starred review capture it best:
“What Orange is saying is that, like all people, Native Americans don’t share a single identity; theirs is a multifaceted landscape, made more so by the sins, the weight, of history. That some of these sins belong to the characters alone should go without saying, a point Orange makes explicit in the novel’s stunning, brutal denouement. “People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them,” James Baldwin wrote in a line Orange borrows as an epigraph to one of the book’s sections; this is the inescapable fate of every individual here. In this vivid and moving book, Orange articulates the challenges and complexities not only of Native Americans, but also of America itself.”
Next up – perhaps because it has the most beautiful cover (by Julie Morstad) of every book on my list!
Today I am sharing photos – of an Instagram post, a letter, and a student…
Although I’ve never been on Facebook, I’ve become a fan of Instagram. What has been most surprising is how much I’ve come to rely on it in my professional life. Because publishers and authors use Instagram to promote new books, author events, and cover reveals, Instagram has become a way to follow what’s happening. Among the bookstores and other book-centered accounts, I also follow illustrators and artists. One of my favorites is a London-based illustrator, Steve Scott. With his permission, I’m sharing my favorite of his posts:
At the end of the school year, I receive many sweet notes from students, all of which I treasure. This is one I received this year:
It’s awesome that she thinks the books are mine, and I’m letting her look at them, but I may need to clarify that the books are actually hers, and I am the lucky caretaker. It’s also nice that we are dressed alike in her picture!
Finally, a picture that sums up the joy of summer time reading. I’m taking a couple of weeks off, but I’ll be on a book adventure so I’ll have lots to share with you in early July! Until then, happy reading…