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Our Three to Read for This Week!

Monday always seems to come around too quickly, doesn’t it? Thankfully, that means we are back, too, and we’re bringing with us three great books for you to read this week. If you’re unsure about what book to pick up next, hopefully this list will help you choose!

 

This week, our hot pick is the novel on the tip of everybody’s tongue, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Our beach read is the humorous, insightful and surreal short story collection Awayland by Ramona Ausubel. And our dark horse, the book that may not be on your to-read list yet, but definitely should be, is the beautiful poetry collection Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen. 

 

Our Hot Pick: 

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

 

 

Book cover for The Immortalists

Image Via Amazon

 

Synopsis:

 

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.



The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. (Via Amazon)

 

Why?

 

If one complete, longer story is more your speed, The Immortalists will meet that need. The Immortalists was featured as a choice for Jimmy Fallon’s new book club and is described as “a sprawling, enchanting family saga,” by Entertainment Weekly. This is a touching story about family, destiny, and using your time wisely. It will definitely give you lots to think about.

 

Our Beach Read: 

Awayland: Stories by Ramona Ausubel

 

 

Book cover for Awayland

Image Via Goodreads

 

Synopsis:

 

Elegantly structured, these stories span the globe and beyond, from small-town America and sunny Caribbean islands to the Arctic Ocean and the very gates of Heaven itself. And though some of the stories are steeped in mythology, they remain grounded in universal experiences: loss of identity, leaving home, parenthood, joy, and longing.



Crisscrossing the pages of Awayland are travelers and expats, shadows and ghosts. A girl watches as her homesick mother slowly dissolves into literal mist. The mayor of a small Midwestern town offers a strange prize, for stranger reasons, to the parents of any baby born on Lenin’s birthday. A chef bound for Mars begins an even more treacherous journey much closer to home. And a lonely heart searches for love online–never mind that he’s a Cyclops. (Via Amazon)

 

Why?

 

This collection of eleven stories is sure to fill you with emotion and leave you wanting more. You will not be able to put this book down, not even for one minute. Awayland, full of “weirdness and warmth,” as O Magazine describes it, leads your mind away to new worlds and puts you on an emotional roller-coaster. It’s a perfect summer read.

 

Our Dark Horse: 

Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen

 

Book Cover for Not Here

Image Via Amazon

 

Synopsis:

 

Not Here is a flight plan for escape and a map for navigating home; a queer Vietnamese American body in confrontation with whiteness, trauma, family, and nostalgia; and a big beating heart of a book. Nguyen’s poems ache with loneliness and desire and the giddy terrors of allowing yourself to hope for love, and revel in moments of connection achieved. 

 

Why?

 

Poems are probably the best pieces of writing to read at the beginning of the week. You usually don’t need much time to enjoy them and often, as is true with this book, the short verses pack big meanings that offer new perspective to last the whole week. Nguyen’s work is so personal, yet so accessible and relatable. It’s definitely worth a read.

 

Check out our editor, Laura-Blaise, talking about the books below! 

 

 

 

 

 Feature Image Via Bookstr. All Synopses Via Amazon.