Thanks to the almost 1,000 Nation readers who took the time to send us their summer reading choices. We’re reading each submission carefully and getting great tips in the process. This is our third Nation Reader’s Summer Reading List. Watch this space for future editions coming soon.
Ciara Kehoe, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
I’m reading the excellent teen trilogy Chaos Walking, specifically the final book Monsters of Men. This trilogy did not get the attention in deserved in the US, even though it was written by an American (who lives in London).
Gary Ferrini, Harrisonburg, VA
The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon by William Adler
In 1914, Joe Hill was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad, igniting international controversy. Many believed Hill was innocent, condemned for his association with the Industrial Workers of the World-the radical Wobblies. Now, following five years of intensive investigation, William M. Adler gives us the first full-scale biography of Joe Hill, and presents never before published documentary evidence that comes as close as one can to definitively exonerating him. Hill’s gripping tale is set against a brief but electrifying moment in American history, between the century’s turn and World War I, when the call for industrial unionism struck a deep chord among disenfranchised workers; when class warfare raged and capitalism was on the run.
Colleen Lovinello, Chesterton, Indiana
The Pope’s War by Matthew Fox
Great insight into the decline of the Roman Catholic Church.
Bert Hirsch, New York, New York
Snow by Orhan Pamuk
A surrealistic haunting tale of poets, Islamic extremists, modernity, Turkish culture, love and emigration, with a surprise plot twist midway through the book.