3 Books To Take On Your Summer Getaway Bookseller John Evans recommends three vacation reads: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan and Under the Big Black Sun by John Doe and Tom DeSavia.
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3 Books To Take On Your Summer Getaway

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3 Books To Take On Your Summer Getaway

3 Books To Take On Your Summer Getaway

3 Books To Take On Your Summer Getaway

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John Evans, co-owner of California's Diesel, A Bookstore, recommends three vacation reads: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan and Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk by John Doe and Tom DeSavia.

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

We've been talking to booksellers across the country about their favorite summer reads, and they have a lot of suggestions. So get ready to pack these pages.

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MCEVERS: Today, we turn to John Evans, co-owner of Diesel, A Bookstore. There are three of them here in California.

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JOHN EVANS: Reading and vacation, to me, were made for each other. You know, I think of all reading basically, by its very nature, is escapist, right? It's not actually happening to you. So it's always a little bit escapist from the everyday and the status quo, which is what people sort of want to do when they're on vacation. They want to escape from their everyday lives and escape from the work that they're normally doing. And reading is always that, no matter what you're reading.

MCEVERS: His first suggestion is an award-winner published last year.

EVANS: "The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen - if I'm pronouncing that correctly - that this won the Pulitzer, and the Edgar is telling you that it is both an engaging plot and beautifully written. And it's a sort of dark comedy. It's bleak, but it also is funny. And it's giving us sort of the Vietnamese point of view on the Vietnam War and the post-war period in America.

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EVANS: "The Sport Of Kings," which is very dramatic, also, you know, taking us into the South this time. And the sport of kings is horse racing. And the attempt is to create a new Secretariat, you know, how to create a new all-time winner in the horse racing field. But the author also goes into the history of horse racing, the natural history of horses, as well as the history of slavery in this particular community and incorporates a lot of factual and scientific things, which people also like to get in their fiction - facts and information that you - it would take you a long time to gather all that information yourself. And the author has kindly and generously provided it for you. C. E. Morgan is the author for that one.

Going in a completely other direction, "Under The Big Black Sun: "A Personal History Of L.A. Punk" by John Doe, who's from the band called X. But you - some people may have also seen his more recent performances with his mother, for example, just some beautiful - he's a beautiful songwriter and writer. It's - he gives you a very in-depth - he was everywhere when the L.A. punk scene took off. And so one of the aspects of summer reading is nostalgia and also reimagining and repositioning your history in your current life, and he's doing that for you kind of, if you're of that era. So it's a great and generous memoir of L.A. punk.

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MCEVERS: That's John Evans, co-owner of three Diesel bookstores, with his recommendations for our summer book series Pack These Pages.

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