Last week, I put out a call for titles that might make for good summer reading. Here’s what you came up with:
- Barchester Towers. Anthony Trollope. Lem Green says “this one is particularly pertinent for a churchman and you will never find a more hilarious account of church politics.”
- The Biggest Kid at the Balloon Festival. Maury Thompson. Maury is an old friend from Glens Falls, and his book is the story of the Glens Falls Balloon Festival.
- Bonfire of the Vanities. Tom Wolfe. Another pick by Lem Green. “If you saw the movie, forget the movie. It was not even loosely connected to the book which is an old favorite of mine.”
- Here be Monsters. Jamie Sheffield. Ray Agnew’s pick for a new Adirondack writer. “A real fun mystery!”
- Insomnia. Stephen King. Rick Cagle says, “It kept me up all night.”
- Into the Wilderness. Sara Donati. Recommended by Cheryl Lawyer, this is historical fiction set in the 1700s around modern-day Saratoga, NY.
- Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking. Daniel C. Dennett. Recommended by Seth Green.
- Mountains Beyond Mountains. Tracy Kidder. Melanie Green says, “it’s the story of Paul Farmer, who founded Partners in Health. Amazing.”
- Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog. Garth Stein. Another Cheryl Lawyer pick, for dog lovers, “Awesome!”
And here are my two picks:
- The Icharus Deception. Seth Godin. Reflections on why art is hard, and why it’s worth doing anyway.
- Middle Church. Bob Edgar. Bob died just last month. He was a Congressman from PA for many years, the President of Claremont Divinity School, and the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches. This book, from the waning years of the Bush II Whitehouse, is about how American Christianity was co-opted by the political right.
It’s not too late to add to the summer reading stack. Just leave your recommendation(s) in the comments.
Big thanks to everyone who contributed. Happy reading!