Sea of Tranquility

Emily St John Mandel’s sixth novel Sea of Tranquility playfully and indulgently bends time travel, metaphysics and grief. The science fiction novel juggles an ambitious amount: a young man in 1912 exiled to the Canadian forest, an author trapped in a pandemic-ravaged Earth, moon colonies, paranormal investigations, the 25th century and even references to Mandel’s previous works. Both meta and mind-bending, Sea of Tranquility examines the end of …

Love Marriage

What begins as a romantic and oftentimes comedic story of love turns into a deeper examination of class, politics and cultural difference in Monica Ali’s Love Marriage. Bengali protagonist Yasmin Ghorami is happily engaged to white, upper-class Joe Sangster, but during the days leading up to the wedding the differences between their backgrounds, secrets and a mother with an Oedipus complex threaten their union. The …

Books and Beach Towels For Summer 2022

Perfect pairings for a summer day in the sunshine

Whether you’re lying on the sand or rocks, a pool lounge, hot tiles or a patch of grass in the park, summertime brings the joy of relaxing in the sunshine and reading a good book. From the surreal to the satirical, salient and silly, these are some of our favorite novels (each paired with a bright, boldly designed towel) this season. Disorientation Taiwanese American writer …