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5 Books to Read in June
The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty
By Vendela Vida
In this psychological thriller, a woman traveling in Morocco gets her passport and wallet stolen. With her identity gone, she starts to feel liberated and, through a chance meeting, takes on a celebrity’s identity. A smart and literary summer read.
The Festival of Insignificance
By Milan Kundera
This is the story of four friends in modern-day Paris who meet daily to talk about sex, history, art, politics, and the meaning of life. Now 85, Kundera is an obvious candidate for the Nobel Prize in literature. This is his first book in 13 years.
In the Country: Stories
By Mia Alvar
n these character-driven stories about the Filipino diaspora, Alvar offers a window into the social, political, and economic history of the Philippines. The titular tale explores the fates of a journalist and nurse during the 1970s labor strikes in Manila.
By Sally Mann
Sorting through old papers and photographs, acclaimed photographer Mann unearths her own family history full of scandal, abuse, affairs, racism, money made and lost, and possibly murder. The memoir unfolds in evocative prose mixed with gorgeous photography.
The Love Object: Selected Stories
By Edna O'Brien
Written over the last half-century and often set in O’Brien’s home country of Ireland, this collection of 31 masterful love stories shows the author’s considerable skills at conjuring an entire way of life and emotional landscape in just a few pages.