During Manhattan's extreme heat wave last week, when there was nothing to do except sit in the arm chair next to my air conditioner, I decided to take all the unread books down from my bookshelf and create a summer reading list. There is some new fiction and some classics that I never got around to. Here's my list!
1) A Nearly Perfect Copy by Allison Amend
My friend Danny, who works as an editor at Random House, recommended this novel of family and forgery, which conjures the rarefied international art world.
2) Dancing for Degas by Kathryn Wagner
This novel, about young Parisian ballerina, is about everything I can't do -- dance and paint.
3) Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Like Shakespeare, it takes me a while to get accustomed to Robinson's spare prose. But once you're in, its like magic.
4) Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
I read this years ago, but it's required double reading for any New Yorker.
5) The Collected Stories of Colette
Scandalous and hilarious stories from one of the most original French narrative writer of the first half of our century.
Perfect air conditioning reading!