Summer read: Driving Over Lemons

to the beach

  Photo courtesy of Caroline Gutman

Day 21: Coincidentally, the subject of summer reading came up in the comments on another post this week, when Tam Francis mentioned a few foreign cuisine/foreign travel books, including The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. Its movie trailer is appearing now.

DRIVING OVER LEMONS by Chris StewartA few weeks ago, I read Chris Stewart’s Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucía. Like Stewart’s memoir, Richard Gilbert’s new book, Shepherd, is about his sheep farming escapades.

Summer puts readers in the mood for novelty. Maybe the academic calendar impresses itself on our psyches, so that summer forever represents a brief time for exploration and reinvention, or just yielding to restlessness.

Summer reads let us try even the most foolhardy experiments vicariously and risk-free. Conversely, when we’re in flux and disoriented, they can reassure us like Sonny, the manager of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, when he says, “Everything will be alright in the end. So if it is not alright, then it is not yet the end.”

What are you reading this summer?

BookADay-The Borough Press

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