12 Must-Read Books for Your Cruise Vacation
Get away with words.
A good novel is the perfect travel companion. Pack your Kindle with these worthy titles by some of today’s top contemporary authors.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
by Adelle Waldman
The literary debut by a talented novelist unveils the thoughts of protagonist Nate Piven as he navigates a tricky lovelorn world filled with achingly awesome passages.
by Dave Eggers
In his latest novel, the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius—a memoir that lives up to its lofty title—brings us deep inside a fictional company that’s a mishmash of Twitter, Facebook, and Google, with a little Virgin Atlantic thrown in for good measure. The page-turner explores the modern evils of over-sharing.
by Jonathan Franzen
The best-selling, Oprah’s Book Club-selection is an engrossing familial tale that’s simultaneously hilarious and heart wrenching, bursting with Franzen’s signature style.
We Are Water
by Wally Lamb
The latest offering from the author of best-selling novels She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True is a richly layered portrait of the evolution of marriage and family, told as a series of stories by members of the Oh clan.
The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides
This book is filled with sentences that inspire people to want to become novelists themselves. It’s also gripping, funny, and all around a great read.
This is How You Lose Her
by Junot Díaz
You’ll love to hate the narrator of the short stories in this literary collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican author. Bonus read: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Mystical and engaging, the Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel by Díaz is a fantastic tale set in both Brooklyn and the Caribbean islands, detailing the effects of a curse that has plagued one family for generations.
Back to Blood
by Tom Wolfe
The master of modern journalism turns his insightful eye on the sometimes-absurd world of decadence and racial tension permeating life in Miami.
The Sound of Things Falling
by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
The Latin American author is likened to Gabriel García Márquez after publishing his second novel, a glimpse at life in Bogotá, Colombia, during the last decades of the 20th century.
A Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan
A surprising series of short stories, each one excellent on its own, collectively tell a story that spans several decades and weaves together many lives.
Truth in Advertising
by John Kenney
A laugh-out-loud fictional account of the sincerely serious world of major consumer advertising, where producing a diaper commercial entails all the corporate clichés you can imagine—and then some.
by Steven King
The sequel to King’s terrifying The Shining, this tome earned America’s favorite horror fiend mountains of accolades and praise.
Super Sad True Love Story
by Gary Shteyngart
In the near future, life in New York is surely super sad but Shteyngart makes it super funny, too, even though books are doorstops and reading is to be avoided.
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