I am making my way through my first Erik Larson book (In the Gardent of Beasts), very much enjoying it, and it has me anticipating adding additional Larson selections to pass the time this summer during getaways to the beautiful southern California coast. This got me thinking about summer reading lists and the inevitable (but welcomed) topic of good beach reads.
What are you looking forward to reading this summer? In addition to Larson, I'm going to check out a book that might be particularly compelling for America readers: The Road to Character, by David Brooks, which appears to be the result of much inner sifting, perhaps signaling further shifts for Brooks' own faith convictions. As he recently told NPR's Audie Cornish:
So I'm a believer. I don't talk about my religious life in public, in part because it's so shifting and green and vulnerable. And so I've spent a lot of time in this book - and if you care about morality and inner life and character, you spend your time reading a lot of theology because over the last hundreds of years, it was theologians who were writing about this. Whether you're a believer or not, I think these books are very helpful. It's amazing to read Augustine, the Confessions, and a guy who got successful as a rhetorician but felt hollow inside, a guy who had a mom, Monica, who was the helicopter mom to beat all helicopter moms and how he dealt with the conflict with such a demanding mother. And so I read a lot of theology, whether it's C.S. Lewis or Joseph Soloveitchik, a Rabbi. And it's produced a lot of religious upsurge in my heart, but it's also fragile and green that I don't really talk about it because I don't want to trample the fresh grass.