Summer Reading – The New York Times

It’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer and the official start of the summer reading. I am impressed by the promise of a season buried in books, with “the possibility of long, sun-filled days, detached from everyday constraints and immersed in a literary world,” as Jennifer Harlan wrote in The Times last year.

I give myself permission to put aside the dry novel I’ve been reading half-heartedly for weeks in favor of the much more exciting summer books recommended by my colleagues at the Book Office.

What better way to liven up a piece of stale reading than some juicy Hollywood history? “Everybody Thought We Were Crazy,” a book about Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward’s marriage set against the backdrop of the 1960s LA art scene, sounds dreamy (or, as Helen Shaw puts it, “weird, smoggy, heated” ). Harvey Fierstein’s memoir promises “boatloads of charm and gossip” – sold.

I’m trying to bring my hanging jade back to life, so Christopher Griffin’s “You Grow, Gurl!: Plant Kween’s Lush Guide to Growing Your Garden” is right up my street. I’m going to check out “Be My Baby,” the reissue of Ronnie Spector’s 1990 memoir. And any book that “treats the Knicks the way Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein treated Nixon’s White House in The Final Days,” as John Swansburg writes about ‘Blood in the Garden’, seems hard to resist.

I’m excited to try my colleague Eric Kim’s cookbook, “Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home.” It is described as “exuberant and erudite”, so I hope it will be as fun to read as it is to cook from. Keith Thomson’s maritime history “Born to Be Hanged: The Epic Story of the Gentlemen Pirates Who Raid the South Seas, Rescue a Princess, and Stole a Fortune” sounds compelling. I want to read just about every thriller in Sarah Lyall’s collection, especially Dervla McTiernan’s “The Murder Rule”: “part legal thriller, part detective story, part analysis of a reign of terror in a small town, and part unearthing the secrets and lies of the past.”

There’s also a lot of intriguing literary fiction coming this summer. Joseph Han’s “Nuclear Family,” about a Korean-American family living in Hawaii around the time of the 2018 false missile alarm, looks promising. New novels are on the way for Sloane Crosley and Ottessa Moshfegh, and 24 years after “Election,” Tom Perrotta brings back his ambitious high school protagonist in “Tracy Flick Can’t Win.” (She’s now an assistant director.) Oh, and Mohsin Hamid, Maggie O’Farrell, and Jean Hanff Korelitz all have new novels, too. It’s going to be a busy summer.

What are you looking forward to reading? Say.

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Swimming: Make it your summer workout.

Classical music: Five new albums.

You don’t have to grill on Memorial Day when you’re having a partyOther festive dishes feed a crowd, and some, like David Chang’s bossam, can be made almost entirely ahead of time. That means you don’t have to stand in front of your Weber all evening, but can relax and chat with your friends over a delicious drink. I’ve made bo ssam many times since the recipe was published in The New York Times Magazine ten years ago, and anyone who digs into it always delights. You should start marinating the pork the night before, and then put it in a low oven for about six hours. But considering the payout, it’s worth every minute – most of which are, thankfully, hands-off.

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