With summer season rapidly rolling in, we’ll find ourselves planning beach trips ahead, seeking covetable destinations and surf spots, and simply spending some time for rest and recreation. And while we soak in the sun and the heat, it’s also high time we set aside precious hours for a book or two.
No waves, no problem. Flat days could simply be meant for rest and downtime. So if you’re looking for a sign to bury your head in a book, this would be it. We’ve curated a quintessential book list of stirring stories to inspire you for months, and maybe years, to come. Here, we share a mix of books we’ve loved through the years, just for your consumption.
No One Belongs Here More Than You
Author: Miranda July
Year Published: 2007
Sexy, tender, and very modern. Multi-hyphenate Miranda July takes a deep dive into her artistic skills as she writes a collection of 16 riveting stories of fantasy, desire, and meaningful conversations between characters that could’ve been me, or you. Take a deep breath and jump, page by page. We promise it’s worth every ounce of your engagement.
Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by
Author: Yvon Chouinard
Year Published: 2005
B-corp brand Patagonia wouldn’t be here today without its past. Its founder, Yvon Chouinard, writes Let My People Go Surfing as a human being and an environmentalist who has finally come to terms with his role in the business world. From his childhood, the rise and fall of Patagonia, and the philosophies that stands as the foundation of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard tells us exactly how “success” should be achieved.
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
Author: B.J. Novak
Genre: Humorous Fiction
Year Published: 2014
Comedian meets literature. What’s better than that? This fictional piece by award-winning The Office writer B.J. Novak measures in a bundle of collective humor, wit, and entertainment—without having to turn your television on. Get ready for short stories filled with heartwarming laughs, lessons to carry, and unforgettable lines to stick by you.
Author: Patti Smith
Year published: 2010
Two kids and one fulfilled promise. This memoir written by singer-songwriter Patti Smith will transport you back to the days of the famed Hotel Chelsea, as she lives to tell the tale of the summer she met Robert Mapplethorpe. (Tip: Try not to cry!)
We Should All Be Feminists
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
Genre: Essay, Biography
Year published: 2014
Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche explores the true meaning of feminism in the modern world. And in her quest to discover, define, and conclude her advocacy, she recounts her experiences as a colored woman in the midst of today’s sexual politics.
Men Without Women
Author: Haruki Murakami
Genre: Short story collection
Year Published: 2014
Murakami explores the male gaze, and beyond it. In this collection of 7 short stories, we take a look at 7 men and how the loss of significant women in their respective lifetimes has affected the course of their presents. Here are lovesick teenagers, jilted lovers, famous actors, bartenders, and doctors who speak to us all in the moments they feel alone–as men without women.