Summer Reading Picks For The Final Weeks Of Beach Season

Aug 8, 2016

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With summer nearing a close, we turn to the experts for book recommendations not to be missed on those final trips to the beach.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison gets a few tips from Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge, the owners of Riffraff, a new bookstore and bar opening this Fall in Providence.

Books you have to pick up right now

Credit Alfred A. Knopf (April 26, 2016)

Emma Ramadan:  Ladivine, Marie NDiaye 

"She consistently blows me away. This book in particular. It's really kind of creepy and psychologically weird but in a way that it's a page turner. It's the kind of thing that you want to keep reading. It's about four generations of women who are all trying to escape each other,but they're all kind of haunted by each other and can't seem to break away from this family."

More on Ladivine from author Jean Zimmerman's review on NPR. 

Tom Roberge: How To Set A Fire And Why, Jesse Ball

"This one is about a high school loner, a girl named Lucia... She hates school, all she enjoys are books and playing games with her aunt. And she loves fire... She's very sharp witted, very insightful... You're dying to know what happens. There's a weird sense of foreboding the entire time, but that's sort of the pleasure of it, and it's why you keep reading."

Sound interesting? Check out this review from The Atlantic.

What's on your bedside table right now?

Tom Roberge: The Transmigration of Bodies, Yuri Herrera

Credit And Other Stories; Tra edition (July 5, 2016)

"I'm about to pick it up. It's described basically as a town in the middle of nowhere in Mexico -- hot, dusty town -- that is beset by a viral outbreak. And in the middle of all this, a man named 'The Redeemer' is called upon to settle a feud between two warring families... Herrera's a very stylistic writer; he does very interesting things with language, and it comes through in the translation, which is no small feat." 

One reviewer calls Herrera's Transmigration of Bodies "thrilling neo-noir from south of the border."

Emma Ramadan: LaRose, Louise Erdrich

Credit Harper, 2016

  "She is a master, and in this book there's a man who goes hunting, and while he's hunting, he accidentally murders the son of his neighbors. They're a Native American community, and they come to the decision that they are going to give their own son to the neighbors whose son they killed. The story from there plays out about how this works, and how the son, LaRose, adapts to this new family."

In the NYT: LaRose asks whether a person can do the worst possible thing and still be loved.