Whether you’re stuck in traffic on the Jitney or luxuriating on the Riviera, Diane’s recommended vacation reads should help you pass the time.
The Girls by Emma Cline
A brilliant and lauded debut by 27-year-old Cline set in 60’s California, zooming in on the girls of the Manson cult through the eyes of Evie, a lonely and inquisitive 14-year-old, whose thirst for belonging and becoming draws her into their circle. Cline manages to write a distinctive coming-of-age narrative in beautiful, poetic prose, with startling psychological insight.
Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by Lesley M. Blume
Blume flawlessly resurrects 1920’s Paris, Spain and everything in between as she recounts Hemingway’s raucous adventures just as his star began to rise. It is an exhaustively researched and deftly told tale of the Lost Generation and their anointed voice.
My Brilliant Friend: Neopolitan Novels, Book One by Elena Ferrante
The first in a four-part series from one of Italy’s most celebrated authors, My Brilliant Friend sets the stage for the life long friendship between Lila and Elena, two young girls growing up together on the outskirts of Naples. The stories are as complex and tightly woven as the bonds the two women share.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
An illuminating and informed capturing of the life and mind of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and mastermind behind such innovations as Tesla, SpaceX, and Solar City. Vance explores just what makes Musk one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history and probes such pressing questions as, What’s next?