By Jordana Horn
Welcome to the Third Annual Jordana Horn
Summer Reading List! This list is by no means conclusive, but it’s a
list of books I’ve read in the past six months that I thought were
particularly terrific. Please put your own ideas and suggestions for
great reads in the comments, and friend me on GoodReads (I’m “Jordana
Horn Gordon” there) so we can keep talking books, which I love
passionately. Without further ado, here are some great reads that should
sit on your shelf or device this summer, in no particular order.
1. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, by Joshua Ferris
one is demanding and intellectually ambitious, but well worth your
time. It’s the story of dentist Paul O’Rourke, who is bored with his
life, dental practice, and his relationship to the world at large–until
his online identity begins to be recreated by strangers. These strangers
claim to be the descendants of Amalekites, the ancient enemy of the
Jewish people–which is interesting enough without including the fact
that they claim that Paul is one of them, and he just might believe
them. This is a book about identity–what it means to be part of a people
and a person. It’s jaw-droppingly good.
2. When It Happens To You, by Molly Ringwald
didn’t want to read this one at first, because, really? Wasn’t it
enough that you were the star of “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast
Club,” Molly Ringwald? Let well enough alone, lady. Well, apparently it
wasn’t, because Ringwald is actually a kickass writer as well. I stand
corrected. This book of interlocking short stories, in which each story
ties in through threads of characters to the one before it, is really
enjoyable. It’s a clever, well-written exploration of humans and human
nature, and all the greater for being such a pleasant surprise.
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