Adult Summer Reading 2019

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For summer reading this year, we’re featuring authors who you will have an opportunity to see in person during Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures’ 2019/2020 season of the Ten Evenings lecture series.

These are the authors that literary Pittsburgh will be talking about all year — read them now, then check out Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures’ website for ticket information.

Circe

Madeline Miller retells the classic tale from the Odyssey from Circe’s perspective.

The Friend

“Dry, allusive and charming…the comedy here writes itself.” The New York Times

2018 National Book Award Winner

God: A Human History

A concise and highly readable history of humanity’s understanding of God from the bestselling author of Zealot.

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

While you wait for Machado’s upcoming memoir In the Dream House, due in fall 2019, check out her wildly original story collection.

Leadership in Turbulent Times

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dorris Kearns Goodwin explores leadership using four presidents who served during challenging times.

The Overstory

National Book Award-winning novelist Richard Powers brings an inventive and impassioned story of humanity’s connection to the natural world.

There There

Author Gertrude Stein, born in what is now the Northside of Pittsburgh, once famously remarked about her adopted hometown of Oakland, California, “There is no there there.” What she meant by this cryptic observation is still being debated, but perhaps it refers to the way we remember those places that formed our earliest experiences and how difficult it can be to watch time erode those memories. First-time novelist Tommy Orange who grew up in Oakland has written a powerful story of the urban Native American experience.

Warlight

A dramatic story set in the decade after World War II and told through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

Washington Black

Unexpectedly chosen to be a family manservant, an 11-year-old Barbados sugar-plantation slave is initiated into a world of technology and dignity before a devastating betrayal propels him throughout the world in search of his true self.