The Mantle's Summer Reading List

One should know better than to ask a group of editors for book suggestions. You'll never get just one book, but rather a never ending list of favorites, and must-reads, and want-to-reads, and so on. Nevertheless, we've bravely asked our small-but-mighty team to put together a summer reading list for you all. What follows are the books that currently sit on our nightstands--partially read, waiting to be read, and recently finished.




Aria Chiodo, Associate Editor


The Story of a New Name  by Elena Ferrante

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley





Katilyn Heniges, Publishing Intern


As You Like It by William Shakespeare

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale

Happiness by Aminatta Forna

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng




Corrie Hulse, Managing Editor


Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (Kaitlyn and I are both digging this book!)

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Brothers of the Gun: a memoir of the Syrian war by Marwan Hisham & Molly Crabapple

Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck (translated by Susan Bernofsky)



Marie Lamensch, International Affairs Editor

Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism by Ian Bremmer

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

War on Peace: the end of diplomacy and the decline of American influence by Ronan Farrow

Woman in Berlin by Anonymous

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

The Hostage's Reading (Hitojichi no rodokukai) by Yoko Ogawa




Shaun Randol, Editor in Chief and Publisher


The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig

Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro

Love by Hanne Orstavik

Rebel Publisher by Loren Glass




Andrew Woods, Editorial Intern


The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion 

Another Country by James Baldwin

Manifesto of the Committee to Abolish Outer Space 

Perspectives on our Age by Jacques Ellul 

The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares

The Only Story by Julian Barnes

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman



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