Add These Books To Your Summer Reading List

We asked local authors to share a book they love (and that you probably haven’t heard of), to add to your reading queue.

Billy Collins, former poet laureate of the United States: “A Rebours (Against Nature) by Joris-Karl Huysmans. A classic of French decadent literature, the narrative focuses on an aesthete’s attempt to escape from bourgeois society into an ideal world of exotic cultivations such as a garden of poisonous flowers.” 

Andrew Grossman, author of Lost Sky: “Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield—an absorbing and inspirational retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae by the only survivor.”

Jonathan Tropper, author of This Is Where I Leave You: “Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan. This still ranks as one of the oddest and funniest books I’ve ever read.”

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Ben Cheever, author of The Plagiarist: “Heretics by G.K. Chesterton. We’re disappointed, according to Chesterton, because we can’t make sense of life, and—worse yet—we’ve stopped trying.”