'Book evangelist' gathers eclectic reads for The Bitter Southerner's Summer Reading Roundup

Writer and self-proclaimed “book evangelist” Alison Law. (Courtesy of Alison Law)

Memorial Day is quickly approaching, marking the official start of summer as we know it, and summer reading. Writer and self-proclaimed “book evangelist” Alison Law continues her tradition of rounding up some of the essential, eclectic reads for the online publication, The Bitter Southerner.

In this interview, “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with Law to talk about the 20 books on this year’s summer reading list. 

“When our American libraries and schools have faced an unprecedented number of book bans and legislative challenges to drag queen story hours, I really had to ask myself, ‘Why do we — as a culture or society — read books? And why do some people want us NOT to read certain books?’” Law pondered. “The simplest logic was that books make us see and understand and feel things that we might not otherwise know. We cannot possibly know. And emotion spurs action. That’s dangerous to some people. I want to introduce books that elicit strong emotions.”

Here is a list of summer recommended reading from Alison Law:

Law also wrote an article for The Bitter Southerner newsletter including the above listed reading recommendations. You can find that article here.