Feeling guilty because you’ve never read the famous books that everyone assumes you covered in high school? Don’t put it off any longer: throw one of these into your beach bag for fun--and not out of a sense of duty--this summer.
Of all Jane Austen’s novels, Emma is the most suited for the beach. Emma is different from the others. It's engaging and witty, as all Jane Austen is. But it's bright and fresh and thoroughly modern, and Emma–despite her flaws–is so winning and relatable I find myself cheering her on more than any other Austen heroine. (Yes, even more than Lizzie.) If you’ve never read Austen, Emma is a great place to start. More info →
Fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby has built a mansion on Long Island Sound for the sole purpose of wooing and winning his lost love Daisy Buchanan, who married another man while Gatsby was serving overseas. This classic American novel captures the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, while weaving a wistful story of love and loss. Even if you've seen the movie you need to read the book. More info →
“Happy families are all alike;” begins this classic novel, “every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” If you’ve never read Anna Karenina, summer’s a great time to find out why William Faulkner called this novel “the best ever written.” Whether or not you agree, you’ll be glad you read it. More info →