Some things just go together, and that includes books and the months of summer. As the temperatures skyrocket, I’m hoping these three exciting titles will help take my mind off the distracting heat.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Already half-way through Fitzgerald’s engrossing Jazz Age masterpiece centred on easy-going Nick Carraway, glamorous Daisy Buchanan and the enigmatic Jay Gatsby, I have attained a newfound appreciation for classic American lit. And with a film version reportedly on the way (set to star the fabulous Carey Mulligan and the ever screen-ready Leo DiCaprio), I’m happy to enjoy the novel before it hits the big screen.
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Few British women authors appeal to me as deeply as Virginia Woolf, and I became all the more intrigued by her literary legacy and myth after seeing Nicole Kidman do her amazing justice in The Hours. Now I am profoundly curious as to how Lighthouse, called a “rhapsodic study of human nature,” measures up to such other Woolf classics as Mrs. Dalloway and A Room of One’s Own.
Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens
Hitch for President! Between his fantastic Vanity Fair columns and controversial books (God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything), Christopher Hitchens (presently battling a vicious form of cancer) has fashioned an international reputation that dually pitches him as an enigmatic scholar and a headstrong nonconformist with an acerbic wit and a terrific mind for argument. For these and other reasons, I impatiently await the arrival of my very own copy of his memoir Hitch-22 (new in paperback for the summer), which, judging by the glowing reviews, excerpts and word-of-mouth, is a real page-turner.