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Summer Reading List

Binge watching is so 2017! This summer, why don’t you respect yourself and read a book or two? But you ask, “Whatever would I read?” Look no further than this year’s summer reading list at Liberti Collingswood. Grab a book, a boat, a drink, and/or a friend and dig into any one of these tomes, specially curated for your enlightenment, edification, and enjoyment. Excelsior!  

Christianity

The Divine Hours (Volume 1): Prayers for Summertime, a Manual of Prayer by Phyllis Tickle

Because our margins increase just a little bit in this season, summer is a great time to make some progress with spiritual rhythms. Want to experience a deeper communion with God through prayer? Give this volume of The Divine Hours a try; it’s a tool by which you can enter into the ancient tradition of praying throughout the day.

Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch

But wait! The Christian story is so much more than praying, Bible reading, and sitting around for heaven. Culture Making unfolds the rich calling by which Christians embrace and enrich our world.

Fiction

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Who was your best friend growing up? How did that relationship change over time? In My Brilliant Friend, Italian author Ferrante tracks the friendship of two girls in 1950’s Naples from childhood to early adulting. You’ll see yourself in the story.

Moonglow: A Novel by Michael Chabon

All novels should begin with a good, old fashioned defenestration. Like in Moonglow!––in which Michael Chabon recounts an early episode in his grandfather’s dubious professional career. This “fictional memoir” recounts the life of Chabon the elder as he rambles through the 20th century. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and always entertaining, Moonglow serves up a slice of life from recent America and a window into a conflicted but beautiful soul.

Nonfiction

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Yep, the mass incarceration epidemic is a thing. Read all about it in this bracing and tragic examination of a problem that damages our nation in multiple ways.

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments by David Foster Wallace

Bad news: David Foster Wallace is smarter than you are, and he’s a better writer than you are. Good news: he’s happy to let you in and take you along for his ride through the marvelous absurdism of modern Americana. If you dive into this collection of nonfiction essays, you’ll never think about things like tennis, cruise ships, or yourself in quite the same way.