As the weather warms and the sun beams down, what is more fulfilling than reading a great book outdoors? Now that our city has gone green and we can once again relax at pools, parks, and beaches (always maintaining 6 feet of distance from others, please), it’s time to don that mask, grab a tome, and head out for some quality brain expansion.
Here are some of the books that we are most excited about this summer:
James Baldwin’s celebrated collection of nonfiction essays is not only a modern classic, but also an incredible introduction for those uninitiated to this masterful wordsmith. Throughout Notes, Baldwin accesses your full emotional range as he probes the complexities of blackness in America. These essays immerse the reader in the life of a young man in Harlem exploring his nation, race, and artistry as the civil rights movement of the 1950s takes shape.
Want more? We recommend his semi-autobiographical novel, Go Tell It On the Mountain, as a fictional companion to Notes.
At 15, Vanessa fell in love. But at 25, as she learns truths about her lover and examines her memories of their relationship, she is faced with harsh realities and questions she cannot answer.
Told in both current time and flashbacks, Kate Elizabeth Russell’s powerful debut novel explores self-deceit, the journey to discovery, and the disturbing power dynamics too often disguised as teenage romance.
In their second full-length book, the Whiting Award-winning poet explores trans joy in vivid, romantic strokes. Foiling the ugly backdrop of transphobia and climate change, the language soars, gleefully describing love, partnership, and triumph.
Author Kayleb Rae Candrilli’s partner works with us here at 2one5, so we were among the first to read this remarkable book. All we can say is don’t waste another moment – read All the Gay Saints and revel in joy!
As charts, maps, graphs, and other infographics have become ubiquitous in our data-driven world, these incredible tools of visual information have been manipulated by opportunists to tell half-truths and forward specific agendas.
In clear, accessible language, Alberto Cairo teaches us to spot and explain the falsehoods in these visuals. Be better informed and share your knowledge.
Want more? Our internal poll named 38 unique titles! Below is a comprehensive list of our recommendations with links to learn more:
The Anthill by Julianne Pachico
Camp by L C Rosen
The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde
The City We Became by N K Jemisin
Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Britney Cooper
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendhi
In the Blink of an Eye: a Perspective on Film Editing by Walter Murch
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
Making Movies by Sidney Lumet
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould
Real Life by Brandon Taylor
The Resisters by Gish Jen
Self-Care by Leigh Stein
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendhi
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World edited by John Freeman
They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story for the Struggle of Black Lives by Wesley Lowery
The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Weather by Jenny Offill
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrice Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo
Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
Yes, it’s a heavy list, but these are heavy times. If that’s how you feel too, use this summer to broaden your mind while you soak up that Vitamin D. Happy reading.