Summer reading doesn’t always have to be “brain popcorn,” writes NPR Books contributor Rachel Syme ("Moments of Truth: Six Memoirs Written From the Heart," May 30, 2013). “Lately, I find that I want my summer reading material to match my buzzing mind,” she adds, “And for that kind of constant engagement, I turn to memoir.” She does recommend, however, packing Kleenex for the eloquent chronicles below.
After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
Give Me Everything You Have by James Lasdun
Shocked by Patricia Volk
Her by Christa Parravani