Dear Fellow Reader,
For this issue, while we may make a few editors' suggestions, we have also asked some of our readers/ contributors to suggest book titles for your summer enjoyment: the long book you didn't have time to read in the hectic days of work and winter, that gem not on the ten ten lists, that old favorite you think should be on everyone's bookshelf, etc.
Oh, we know, you read on a device. Where possible e-copies are available. However, though we ourselvs are online, we strongly suggest supporting your local public library—go, check out that book—or buy a print version from a local bookshop if available. The experience of reading in print media is quite different.
A valuable resource for borrowing ebooks as well as finding a library is OPEN LIBRARY.
From reader/contributor, Kelvin James:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood,
James describes Atwood, when meeting her at a
conference where she was commended, as "magnanimous." It's a timely book, given the current public misogyny in
Death in Summer & other stories by Yukio Mishima
introduced me, James says, to the idea of seppuku & foreign
philosophy & culture in general. I admired his writing &
when he killed himself I was sad (though amazed he
Blow up and Other stories by Julio Cortazar. Cortazar had a
profound influence on me. It validated my Trini culture re:
obeah, La Diablesse, Soucouyant etc. James notes, "Blow up
led me on to check out most of his other works."
Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende. James admires the
poetic aspect to her words, and says that "It made me wish I
Call of the Wild by Jack London is an early favorite of
American action. Short Stories of Edgar Allen Poe is another.
James adds, "Everything by Mark Twain makes him still my
most favored American writer."