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Read these books over the long weekend

If you’re one of those people who are looking at the G20 summit as a long weekend, welcome to the club. You’ve come to the right place. Long weekends are the best time to lose yourself in a book, especially when you can’t step out to run errands or for your Sunday brunch.

Some of these books are sweet and short for those of you who struggle to read while some span hundreds of pages. But we guarantee that all of them will occupy space in your mind, long after you’ve kept them aside.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at them.

Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser

The tragic life story of Marie Antoinette continues to evoke conflicting feelings. She is still known to many as “la reine méchante,” whose excess and frivolity contributed to the fall of the French monarchy. Her (apocryphal) remark, “Let them eat cake,” perfectly captures her callous disregard for the misery of the common people. Others are just as fervent in their defense of her — in their eyes, she is a victim of misogyny. Read this book by Antonia Fraser to understand the historical icon.

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

In Baldwin’s candid, somber novel, we follow an engaged American man who travels to Italy and falls in love with Giovanni, an Italian. Giovanni’s Room, a compelling and rigorous story about ambiguity, sorrow, and the challenge of accepting oneself, is a must-read. It is set in 1950s Paris.

woman reading We guarantee that all of them will occupy space in your mind, long after you’ve kept them aside. (Source: Unsplash)

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

In the book, Stevens, a perfect English butler who is one of the last of his kind, takes a rare road trip on his own to see Ms. Kenton, a former coworker who he knew from their time as colleagues.

The tone of the novel is reserved and courteous, yet beneath its calming surface, there is a roil of deception, deliberate blindness, desire, and sacrifice.

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‘Sempre Susan’ by Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez, a novelist, met the legendary Susan Sontag when she was only 25 years old. What started out as a glorified secretarial job soon evolved into an incredibly intimate and professional intertwining of both writers‘ lives, which Nunez outlines in the personal memoir that is also small enough to finish within a day by the pool.

The Last White Man by Mohsin

A man wakes up one morning and discovers that he has changed. Anders’s complexion has darkened overnight, and he feels uncomfortable looking at himself in the mirror. People are awaking in new incarnations all over the country, not knowing how their neighbors, friends, and family would react to them. This book will propel you into thinking about a lot of things. Don’t miss it.

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