my summer reading list: everything is perfect when you're a liar

What is a sandy beach if not the ideals place to read?

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers

Listen, the ending sucks. And it only sucks because this is a snapshot of life, and so it's a continuation, a fork in the road leaving you feeling hungry when we so crave completion.

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokov’s "initial shiver of inspiration" for Lolita was prompted by a newspaper story about an ape in the Jardin des Plantes who, after months of coaxing by a scientist, produced the first drawing ever charcoaled by an animal. It was a sketch showing the bars of the poor creature's cage. Much like a monkey longing for freedom but unable to attain it, so does a pedophile long for all he cannot have and so shall never be fulfilled. 

The Book of Negros by Lawrence Hill

I was warned that this book would make me cry, but instead it made me angry, as I imagined the confinement of the slave ships, the helplessness of uncertainty, life at the hands of others, and people being traded like cattle. There is a sense of voicelessness that makes you want to scream, until one woman's strength allows for solitude amongst the chaos. Life hits her down, but she gets back up again, and again, and again. From West Africa, to South Carolina, Manhattan, Nova Scotia, and finally London, Diallo walks and carries with her the stories of her village, the same way you will carry her story with you. 

Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar by Kelly Oxford

"Who is Kelly Oxford?" is not a question that is unfamiliar to this Twitter superstar. Read this book and you'll realize that above all else she is honest, humble, and spent most of her teenage years high. Twitter was made for Kelly, who used it as a platform for her wit and keen sense of pop culture. Now she has expanded beyond those 140 characters with a full blown account of her life. From her childhood escapades, shameless confessions and hilarious take on motherhood, she is not afraid to let the world know who she is or that she had sex on the first date.