The Mantle Has Your Summer Reads List!



Summer is upon us, and that means it is time to put together our summer reads list! Our editors have whittled down their dream beach reads, their "I've been meaning to read this all year" reads, and their "I'm hoping to make time to read this" reads, and put together a pretty solid collection here for you. There's a little something for everyone on this list. So go and find your next adventure on the page! 





Annie Johnson - Copy Editor


Edgar: An Autobiography  by Edgar Martinez


Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America  by Elise Hooper


The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding  by Jennifer Robson






Peter Heft - Philosophy Editor


Signifying Nothing: The Semiotics of Zero by Brian Rotman


Futures and Fictions (edited) by Simon O'Sullivan, Ayesha Hameed, and Henriette Gunkel


Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson







Corrie Hulse - Managing Editor


Mina by Kim Sagwa


The Mueller Report by Robert S. Mueller, III Special Counsel, United States Department of Justice


American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson


The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood






Marie Lamensch - International Affairs Editor


Seven at Sea  by Erik and Emily Orton


Mistress of the Ritz  by Melanie Benjamin


The Nickel Boys  by Colson Whitehead


A Terrible Country  by Keith Gessen


Inland  by Tea Obreht


Less  by Andrew Sean Greer




Aria Chiodo - Arts & Culture Editor


In the Time of Butterflies  by Julia Alvarez 


A Stranger's Pose  by Emmanuel Iduma 


Near to the Wild Heart  by Clarice Lispector 


Crudo: a novel  by Olivia Laing


The White Castle  by Orhan Pamuk




Shaun Randol - Editor in Chief


The Last Temptation of Christ  by Nikos Kazantzakis 


Nudge  by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein 


Close Range  by Annie Proulx


Shane  by Jack Schaefer


Cowboys and East Indians  by Nina McConigley


L.E.L.  by Lucasia Miller




Morgan Forde - Deputy Managing Editor


Figuring  by Maria Popova


The World as It Is  by Ben Rhodes


Losing Earth: A Recent History  by Nathaniel Rich


Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan  by Joanna Lillis


How to Love a Jamaican  by Alexia Arthurs


Syria’s Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege  by Mike S. Thompson




Montana Agte-Studier - Associate Publisher


Optic Nerve  by Maria Gainza 


On The High Wire  by Philippe Petit 


Orange World and Other Stories  by Karen Russell


Bright  by Duanwad Pimwana


Break of Day  by Colette


A Summer with Montaigne  by Antoine Compagnon




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Books, Reading, Summer