It’s finally summertime and we couldn’t be happier. If you’re a reading bug or just want to spend some of the coveted summertime in a new way we have curated the perfect reading list for you.
First on our reading list is one of the best-known pieces of Latin American literature. The magical realist novel “100 Years of Solitude” by the Colombian writer Grabiel Garcia Marquez tells the beautifully complex story of the Buendia family. The patriarch, Jose Arcadio Buendia, founds the fictional city of Macondo, and from their journey starts following the family for the next 100 years. “100 Years of Solitude” has been translated into more than 30 languages since first published in 1967, and is even won the Nobel Prize in Literature. If you want to immerse yourself in a magical world full of romance, war, and great ideas this is the book for you.
Second on our list is “Song of Solomon” by the Core author of “Beloved”, Toni Morrison. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the Core curriculum and books alike, we promise you won’t be able to put down “Song of Solomon.” The novel grapples with the black experience through the lens of Macon “Milkman” Dead III who was born Michigan into one of the few middle-class black families in the neighborhood. The story follows him from birth to adulthood as he takes on the journey of tracing his family line. This novel eloquently deals with the search for a personal identity within the black experience and the relationships among the black community and between whites and blacks. If you need any more confirmation of it greatness, “Song of Solomon” was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 1977, the same year it was published.
Lastly on our list is “Americanah” by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who tells the story of a young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who heads to study in America as she leaves her love, Obinze, behind in Nigeria. During her time in America, Ifemelu deals with the complex relationships between American, African, and Caribbeans blacks, as she experiences being a minority for the first time in her life. Her journey to self is thought-provoking on how immigration and race can so deeply shape a person and as they also find love. As a testament of good “Americanah” is, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2014. Adichie is best known for her book “Half a Yellow Sun” which has won multiple awards such as, the Women’s Prize for Fiction and Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. As well as, her TED Talk speech on feminism. Quotes from that same talk were used by singer Beyonce on her 2014 song “Flawless.”
Give these page-turners a try and by the time you’re done with them, we will have another set of must-reads for you.