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Summer Reading Recommendations

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Looking for an engrossing summertime read? From the story of a 1930s tabloid king to a fantasy novel about the corporate world, here’s what Pace faculty and staff are recommending this month!

Brought to us by the Mortola and Birnbaum libraries, "The Librarian Is In" seeks to answer the age-old question—what should I read next? Here’s what you should be adding to your list, and bringing to the beach!

Good Omens: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Recommended by: Jillian Gorry, Copywriter/Proofreader, University Relations 
This is, by far, my favorite book and the one I recommend to anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure of reading it yet. It’s a fantasy novel featuring an angel and a demon who are disillusioned by the corporate structure of their respective workplaces, but what’s really nice about this book is that it doesn’t take itself seriously at all. If you’re down for pondering your place in the universe and laughing about how absurd it all is, buckle up: this book is for you!

Time and Again: Jack Finney 
Recommended by: Wendy Metzger, Director of Account Management/Marketing, University Relations
I love New York City history and this book follows the adventures of a 1970s advertising artist who travels back to the New York City of the 1880s. The descriptions of the city are incredible—and there’s a bit of mystery, too. 

Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous: Christopher Bonanos
Recommended by: Jesse Oxfeld, Executive Communications Director, Office of the President
This new book—written, I should confess, by a guy I worked with at New York Magazine—isn’t a typical beach read, but it’s what I’m most looking forward to reading at the shore this summer. Weegee was the king of the tabloid photographers in New York in the 1930s and ’40s, and his own story is as offbeat as the crime scenes he captured. This biography is a combination of rough-and-tumble old New York, journalism, history, and art—his photos are classics, some in the collection at MoMA. I’ll be looking to see if there are any old shots of shenanigans on Park Row or William Street.

A Visit from the Goon Squad: Jennifer Egan
Recommended by: Lance Pauker, Marketing Writer, University Relations 
A Visit from the Goon Squad is an extremely captivating, well-written book about flawed people, their hopes, their anxieties, and their contradictions. It's one of those rare privileges of a book that's both a fast read and denseyou'll find it hard to put down, given the characters are all too...human. The book jumps timelines, but if you want a (fictional) glimpse of late 2000s New York Citya city that seems increasingly slipping from our collective grasp, a city not yet riddled with shops geared toward a mediocre real-world experience but fantastic results on Instagramthis might be the beach read for you.