5 Books for June: A Book Dumpling Reading List

June 13, 2015

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In a new feature, here are five reads (genres will vary in the future) you might want to check out over the next, few, juicy months of summer. If you could try and get one person to sign up for The Book Dumpling newsletter to spread the word, that would be very much appreciated. Enjoy the titles and email me if you would like to suggest a book. Happy Reading!


Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

The Luckiest Girl Alive

Ani FaNelli has the cool job, perfect fiancé, you get the picture. But it wasn’t always this way. Because there’s a dark, buried secret in Ani’s past that haunts her from that time in boarding school…

Perfect for:

  • Page-turning, beach reading.
  • Lovers of ‘traumatic youth’ stories that come back to haunt you.
  • Fans of stories about the ‘perfect’ woman with the disturbed past.

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

The Rocks_Book Cover

A long-held secret. Broken up engagement. Next-generation lovers. Told in reverse, and set against the jaw-dropping cliffs of Mallorca, Spain, The Rocks follows the charismatic Lola, and Gerald, author of a book about Odysseus, as we learn about their ill-fated romance amongst some pretty juicy, page-turning fodder.

Perfect for:

  • A page-turning, summer read.
  • Lovers of books following privileged people behaving badly.
  • Anyone looking to live vicariously through the jet-setting crew of Mallorca, Spain.

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World by Lucette Lagnado

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit

Lucette Lagnado and her Jewish family live comfortably in Cairo until the fall of King Farouk makes way for Gamal Abdel Nesser’s industrialization of Egyptian industries. After losing everything, they make their way from Cairo to New York on a journey that forces them to abandon the only life they ever knew.

Perfect for:

  • Readers interested in the exile of a Jewish family from 1963 Cairo.
  • Fans of riveting, obstacle-overcoming memoirs.
  • Lovers of immigrant non-fiction.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove_Book Cover

Ove is the grumpy neighbor who has more going on underneath than meets the eye. When a new family with two daughters moves in next door, Ove is in for a bit of an-eye-opener. And a flattened mailbox.

Perfect for:

  • Lovers of quirky characters.
  • Readers looking for a light-yet-substantial read.
  • Fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

The Unamericans: Stories by Molly Antopol

The Unamericans_Book Cover

In this beautiful collection exploring the intersection between Old and New worlds, Antopol jumps between Israel and the States, with characters who come from Moscow, Kiev, Prague and more.

Perfect for:

  • Lovers of intellectual, short fiction.
  • Book clubs looking for much fodder for discussion.
  • Fans of globe-trotting stories that cover different time periods.








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