Katie Bircher and Elissa Gershowitz bring you our annual list of summer reading recommendations for kids. Strictly recreational, of course, and librarians are welcome to place a “COMMON-CORE FREE!” sticker on the PDF.
What about your own reading? I’m juggling audio editions of The Woman Upstairs and Inferno on my phone; The Oracle Glass and A Savage War of Peace on my Kindle, and Lonely Planet’s guide to Morocco on my bedside. We shall see which ones I finish. Claire Messud (The Woman Upstairs) is my current hero simply by virtue of the little digs she gets in at Burdick’s, a fashionable Cambridge dessert place whose legendary hot chocolate goes down like a big ol’ cup of infected mucus (my observation, not Messud’s).