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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Revolutionary Reads (for summer)


Every summer,  kids go to camp and families go on vacation.  There is seemingly more leisure time for many.  Those fix-it-yourself projects and extra gardening seems to get done.  As the days stretch on and we find ways to spend weekend afternoons in the comfort of AC, there is amble time to read.  I know that summer has always been the time to read voraciously and tackle the never ending pile of books by my bedside.  So that being said, I have a list of 60 great books for summer.  They aren't light and fluffy beach reads.  Well, you can read them on the beach but many of the topics and types of literature are heady and deep.  I didn't divide them into categories.  I'll just recommend the titles.  You can do the work and, one by one, do an Amazon search or go to your library and check them out.  Have fun with these revolutionary reads for summer 2012!
   60 summer authors (who will kick you’re a$$):

Rafi’s Really Rockin’ Revolutionary Reads

  • Dreams from my Father Autobiography by Barack Obama

  • The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont

  • Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler by Wade Rouse

  • One Big Damn Puzzler by John Harding

  • A Walk in the Woods/Mother Tongue/I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson

  • Einstein’s Dreams by Allan Lightman

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

  • Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende

  • Eating Animals by Jonathan Safron Foer

  • Food Rules/Omnivore’s Dillema by Michael Pollan

  • Night, Dawn, The Accident (Trilogy)- by Elie Wiesel

  • Almost Dead by Assof Gavron

  • Lipshitz Six (Two Angry Blondes) by T Cooper

  • A Seat at the Table by Joshua Halberstam

  • Falling Boy by Alison McGhee

  • Wolf Boy by Evan Kuhlman

  • Zone One by Colson Whitehead

  • World War Z by Max Brooks

  • 1984/Animal Farm by George Orwell

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

  • Divided Kingdom by Rupert Thomson

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

  • Grendel by John Gardner

  • White Noise by Don Dellilo

  • God Bless America by Steve Almond

  • Running With Scissors/Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs

  • The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

  • Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

  • I Love You’s are For White People by Lac Su

  • I’m Down by Mishna Wolff

  • These Days Are Ours by Michelle Haimoff

  • The Magicians/Magician King by Lev Grossman

  • I’m Proud of You by Tim Maddigan

  • White Lilacs by Carolyn Meyer

  • Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

  • Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawai

  • Sold by Patirica McCormick

  • Woman Warrior by Mazine Hong Kingston

  • House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday

  • Love Medicine/Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

  • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

  • School Days of an Indian Girl by Zitkala-Sa

  • The Life and Times of Michael K by J.M. Coetzee

  • Things Fall Apart by Chenua Achebe

  • A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi Thionge

  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

  • Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

  • Our Nig by Hariet Wilson

  • Frangipani by Celeste Vaite

  • Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas

  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers

  • Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

  • A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest J Gaines

  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  • The Meaning of Matthew by Judy Shepard


Literarily yours,


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