Three Books You Need to Read This Summer


Dave Eggers’ new book has an impossibly long title, but I’m dying to read it. Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? (Alfred A. Knopf, $26) is essentially a novel-length dialogue between two characters: Kev, a NASA astronaut, and Thomas, who abducts Kev and interrogates him at a deserted military base. (June)

Nothing says “summer vacation” like a cross-country car ride with cult film director John Waters. In Carsick (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26), Waters chronicles his adventures as he hitchhikes from Baltimore to San Francisco. Along the way, he crosses paths with an 81-year-old farmer, a young Republican and an indie band on tour. (June)

William T. Vollmann serves up an eerie collection of ghost tales in Last Stories and Other Stories (Viking, $26), his first new fiction in almost a decade. Vollmann has always been drawn to the dark side of nature, so this haunting exploration of life, love and death is bound to be supernaturally good. (July)