VocaLady Magazine’s Summer Reading Club is a weekly compilation of articles and books that the staff enjoyed that week. We hope you enjoy them as well!
Fire From Heaven – Mary Renault
Fire From Heaven follows the childhood of the infamous Alexander the Great, the Macedonian king who conquered much of the known world and became more of a myth than a reality. Although laced with added detail and dramatization’s, Renault’s account of his youth is compelling and stays as close to historical accuracy as one can with the source materials available. Through her depiction of his trials and triumphs, a portrait is painted of a soon-to-be emperor.
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
American Gods follows ex-convict Shadow through is employment with the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. American Gods is a story of falls from grace, the fight for relevancy in a modernizing world, and loss of both culture and identity. Read it just in time for the television series to come out in 2017.
The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
Although most everyone knows about the famed Achilles, fewer know of his companion and lover, Patroclus. The Song of Achilles follows the heroes’ poignant journey from their youths to the Trojan War. If you’re into historical fiction but dislike the heternormative take many classists choose, then Madeline Miller’s Song of Achilles is for you.
Strict Obstructionist – Joshua Green, The Atlantic
A portrait of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, his rise to power, and his endless pursuit of obstruction.
The Opposite of Loneliness – Marina Keegan
A great and heart-wrenching series of short stories and essays, published after Marina’s death by her parents (Marina Keegan was tragically killed in a car accident, a few days after her graduation from Yale). Keegan’s writing is brutally honest and real. Don’t expect too many happy ending, but expect to see reality.
The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
If you want a easy, yet engaging beach read, this one is for you. The novel follows the lives of an Indian family, living in Cambridge, as they navigate adapting to American life and young Gogol tries to adapt to his own name.
How the Office of the Vice President Evolved from Nothing Into Something – Beth Py-Lieberman, Smithsonian Mag
Ever wondered the point of the Vice President and its historical evolution? Then check out this read from Smithsonian Magazine.