The Root's Summer Book List

Whether you like to spend the summer escaping with some juicy drama, learning tips for self-enhancement or getting caught up in beautiful wordplay, Books on the Root has compiled 30 reading suggestions to match any speed.

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By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Knopf, June 2009

In her first short story collection, the acclaimed Nigerian writer tackles class, assimilation and broken ties in Africa and America.

By Rabih Alameddine

Anchor, June 2009 (paperback)

By Monica Ali

Scribner, June 2009