A Novel Idea
Book suggestions, summer reads, and more
Posted Thursday, September 19, 2013, 02:52PM
They say you can’t be a really good writer, unless you read a lot. As editors at San Diego Magazine, we read stacks of magazines per week, and we also love our fiction.
One of the columns I most look forward to every month is Angela Carone’s “Your Shelf Life.” I pour over her book suggestions, making a wish list of must-reads.
Ms. Carone really knows her stuff. She doubles as an arts reporter for KPBS, and truly has her finger on the pulse of the industry.
Per her suggestion, I just finished The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer (from her May column).
Here’s Carone’s description of the plot: Six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts are inseparable. But what happens to their artistic dreams as they grow into adulthood? Money, class, power, and art all play a role in how they respond to each other and to the changing environment of New York City.
I absolutely loved this book, and would recommend it for anyone who went to theater camp as a kid—those of us that grew with tap shoes on our feet and lofty dreams of stardom. I really related to these characters. They stayed with me all day and night as I worked through the chapters.
Now I’m looking for my next great read. I’m considering Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda (suggested by Carone in July).
Here’s Carone’s description of the plot: In the blue-collar dockside community of Red Hook, Brooklyn, two 15-year-olds take a raft out on the bay at night. They disappear, but one survives and eventually washes ashore. The mystery of what happened that night permeates the community of characters, many with secrets of their own.
For some reason this one has stayed with me. I’m also considering Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky, which I’ve heard is a surprisingly fun and juicy read.
What are you guys reading right now? Did you discover any great titles this summer?
This book-lover wants to know!
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