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Summer Reading – The New York Times

It’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, and the official start of summer reading. I’m in love with the promise of a season spent buried in the books, with “the possibility of long, sunny days spent without daily constraints and immersed in a literary world”, as Jennifer Harlan wrote in The Times last year. .

I’m giving myself permission to put aside the dry novel I’ve been halfheartedly reading for weeks in favor of the much more exciting summer books recommended by my colleagues in the book office.

What better way to liven up a stale read than a juicy Hollywood story? “Everybody Thought We Were Crazy,” a book about Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward’s marriage against the backdrop of the Los Angeles art scene of the 1960s, sounds dreamy (or, as Helen Shaw describes it, “strange, smog, passionate”). Harvey Fierstein’s memoir promises “cargoes full of charm and gossip”—sold.

I’m trying to resurrect my trailing jade, so Christopher Griffin’s “You Grow, Gurl!: Plant Kween’s Lush Guide to Growing Your Garden” sounds like my street. I’m going to check out “Be My Baby,” the reissue of Ronnie Spector’s 1990 memoir. And any book that “covers the Knicks like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein covered Nixon’s White House in ‘The Final Days’,” as John Swansburg writes of “Blood in the Garden,” seems hard to resist.

I was excited to try my colleague Eric Kim’s cookbook, “Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home.” It’s described as “rambunctious and erudite,” so hopefully it’ll be as fun to read as it is to cook. Keith Thomson’s maritime story “Born to Hang: The Epic Story of the Gentlemen Pirates Who Plundered the South Seas, Rescued a Princess and Stolen a Fortune” sounds thrilling. I want to read just about every thriller in Sarah Lyall’s summary, especially Dervla McTiernan’s ‘The Murder Rule’: ‘part legal thriller, part crime novel, part analysis of a reign of terror in a small town and partly delves into the secrets and lies of the past.”

A slew of intriguing literary fiction is also coming this summer. Joseph Han’s “Nuclear Family,” about a Korean-American family living in Hawaii at the time of the 2018 false missile scare, looks promising. Sloane Crosley and Ottessa Moshfegh have new novels to come, and 24 years after “Election,” Tom Perrotta brings back his ambitious high school protagonist in “Tracy Flick Can’t Win.” (She’s an assistant director now.) Oh, and Mohsin Hamid, Maggie O’Farrell, and Jean Hanff Korelitz all have new novels, too. It’s going to be a busy summer.

What are you looking forward to reading? Tell me.

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You don’t have to toast Memorial Day if you’re hosting a party. Other festive dishes feed a crowd, and some, like David Chang’s bo ssam, can be prepared almost entirely in advance. This means that instead of sitting in front of your Weber all evening, you can relax and chat with your friends, holding a delicious drink. I’ve made bo ssam often since the recipe was published in the New York Times Magazine a decade ago, and it never fails to delight anyone who digs. You will need to start marinating the pork the night before, and then it takes about six hours in a low oven. But given the payoff, it’s worth every minute – most of which, thankfully, is hands-off.

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