Memorial Day is, of course, the unofficial start of summer. Last week, the Los Angeles Times helpfully published a list of some of the top books coming out over the next few months. Among those that caught my eye are “The Greater Journey,” David McCullough’s history of Americans in Paris, and new thrillers by a couple of old favorites, George Pelecanos and James Sallis.
A few more upcoming books that look promising to me are listed below (all descriptions from the LA Times list). What are some books you’re looking forward to this summer?
| “Busy Monsters, ” by William Giraldi: When a mediocre writer’s bride-to-be leaves him to search for a legendary giant squid, he treks across the continent seeking counsel from nefarious creatures on how to win back her affections.
| “Epic: John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and the Greatest Tennis Season Ever,” by Matthew Cronin: An account of the thrilling battles between two tennis legends on Wimbledon’s Centre Court and at the U.S. Open.
| “The First Detective: The Life and Revolutionary Times of Vidocq — Criminal, Spy and Private Eye, ” by James Morton
Was Eugene Vidocq the 18th century’s James Bond? The author tracks the shadowy figure whose exploits inspired novelists.
| “Embassytown,” by China Mieville: The harmonious society between humans and an enigmatic race of aliens on a distant planet is upset by political machinations in this latest tale by a first-rate builder of imaginary worlds.
| “The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways,” by Earl Swift: Travelers hitting the highways this summer might better appreciate the asphalt beneath their tires thanks to this engrossing history of the creation of the U.S. interstate system.