The unofficial start of summer is just around the corner. Here’s what’s in AMACOMer’s piles of books-to-be-read this summer. What will you be reading?
The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball and the Art of Pitching by Ron Darling (Knopf)
Considering my love for all sports, I try to read at least one baseball book every summer. I’ve actually had this one in the bullpen (ha ha) for a while along with a few others. So it’s time. I’m sending the signal out.
Ron Darling is one of my favorite baseball players. I remember when the New York Mets brought him up from the minor leagues in 1983, and how he played a huge part in helping them win the 1986 World Series. He’s a Yale graduate, and one of the smartest people involved in the game. He’s a Mets TV broadcaster today, and one of the most articulate and insightful on the air.
I’ll be attending some games of the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, and plan to bring the book with me to Cashman Field during the games, just in case…. There’s nothing like the atmosphere at a ballpark for a book on baseball! —Michael Sivilli, Associate Editor
The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva (Signet)
This sounds like a fun summer escape. Per the jacket copy, it’s a tale of greed, passion, and murder, spanning more than half a century. An art restorer has been brutally murdered and a long-lost portrait of Rembrandt has disappeared. The hero Gabriel Allon, has to leave his bucolic retreat on the windswept cliffs of Cornwall and solve the mystery, which also takes us to Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, and Lake Geneva. —Andy Ambraziejus, Managing Editor
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars (It Books) I stumbled upon this while trying to figure out what to suggest for my book group this summer. I had the idea of reading something about rock, so I hopped on to Goodreads, did a search, and this popped up in my browser. I was instantly taken back to junior high school, acid-wash jeans, teased hair, and the smell of Aqua Net. I had planned to read this a decade ago, but somehow never got around to it. The reviews were good, so it’s on the to-read list (again) this summer. If my book group doesn’t go for it, I might also suggest I’m with the Band by Pamela Des Barres.—Kama Timbrell, Publicity & Social Media Manager
I love it when folks share books they have liked. So I’ve got lined up Rescue by Anita Shreve and Jazz by Toni Morrison. Both are hardcover, but I think they are safe for the beach. One of my friends recently gave Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places 5 stars on Goodreads, and since I loved Gone Girl that’s on my list. (And actually my “to read” list on Goodreads is getting rather long, but that’s another story). And last but not least I want to check out And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, which was just published, as I enjoyed both of his earlier books. That would actually be a good book to suggest to my book club – but I could still read it on the beach. —Rosemary Carlough, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. I swear, this is going to be the summer I tackle it. I’ve been meaning to read it for ages, because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed various movie versions (swordfights, hooray!) and a friend is performing in a stage version this summer. No matter how much of The Three Musketeers I get through, I know I’m going to be reading a ton of historical fiction, mysteries, and historical mysteries, and probably trading books with Irene. And when I get tired of cobbled streets, I will dig into some science fiction or modern mysteries. As for where I’m reading? The beach, the park, my parents’ porch, anywhere and everywhere! —Elizabeth Willse, Publicist
A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Anchor)
This is one of my book club’s favorites. It’s kind of sociological science fiction, set in the near future when the extremist religious right has taken over the U.S., and what our heroine has to deal with. The reading is easy and accessible, but that doesn’t mean it’s lightweight. — Cathleen Ouderkirk, Creative Director
A Delicate Truth by John le Carré (Viking Adult)
I plan on reading A Delicate Truth, the latest book by British spy novelist extraordinaire John le Carré. At age 82, le Carré hasn’t skipped a beat. He still fashions intricate prose with compelling plots and characters, presenting his own take on the complex world of international relations. A former British intelligence officer, le Carré began writing his novels as a contrast to Ian Fleming’s over-the-top James Bond books. With little of the physical action and moral certainty of the Bond series, the le Carré novels feature unheroic political functionaries, aware of the moral ambiguity of their work, engaged in more psychological than physical drama. Le Carré’s third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) became an international best-seller and caused him to leave M16 to become a full-time author. It remains one of my all-time favorite books (and a superb movie, starring Richard Burton.) As long as he keeps writing his wonderful books, I’ll keep reading—and enjoying—them. — Barry Richardson, Senior Development Editor