June is the official start to our summer reading program so we’re following suit with our monthly recommended reads! Find these staff picks and more on display at the reference desk, and stop by to ask us for more recommendations!
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Meet me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City
By Lizzy Goodman
Meet Me in the Bathroom charts the transformation of the New York music scene in the first decade of the 2000s, the bands behind it—including The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, and Vampire Weekend—and the cultural forces that shaped it, from the Internet to a booming real estate market that forced artists out of the Lower East Side to Williamsburg.
By Patti Smith
In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work–from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.
by Oliver Sacks
Drawing on the individual experiences of patients, musicians, composers, and ordinary people, the author explores the complex human response to music, and how music can affect those suffering from a variety of ailments. Exploring the place music occupies in the brain, Sacks sheds light on how it affects the human condition.
A Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan
Working side-by-side for a record label, former punk rocker Bennie Salazar and the passionate Sasha hide illicit secrets from one another while interacting with with a motley assortment of equally troubled people from 1970’s San Francisco to the post-war future.
The Fortress of Solitude
By Jonathan ethem
This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of 1970’s America, a time when the most simple human decisions — which music to listen to, whether to speak to the kid in the seat next to you — are laden with potential political, social, and racial disaster. This is the story of punk rock, crack, the loneliness of the avant garde artist and the exuberance of the graffiti artist, and what would happen if two teenage boys obsessed with comic book heroes actually had super powers: They would screw up their lives.
By Emily St. John Mandel
An actor playing King Lear dies onstage just before a cataclysmic event changes the future of everyone on earth. What will be valued and what will be discarded? Will art have a place in a world that has lost so much? What will make life worth living? These are just some of the issues explored in this beautifully written dystopian novel. Recommended highly for symphony music lovers as well as fans of John Scalzi, David Mitchell, and Kate Atkinson.