Aidan’s Summer Reading

Aidan's not grooving on Ernest Hemingway, but other writers may catch his fancy.

In the time that he’s not a self-described “blue collar worker” logging 4 hours per day as a camp counselor, Aidan has started to crack the books again.

I’m not talking school books.

I’m referring to book books.  Novels.  Non-fiction works.  Plays. 

You get the idea.

A formerly passionate reader who took a multi-year hiatus starting in middle school, Aidan is showing signs of increased interest in returning to the reading fold.

So, when he mentioned last night at 8:44 that he would like a couple of books from the library, Dunreith and I bolted to the car, drove over and managed to check out a couple of books at 8:58, a full two minutes before closing time.

Aidan has begun, but is not loving, Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, the Oak Park native’s classic tale of love and valor during the Spanish Civil War.  We also took out a Charles Bukowski reader and Alice in Wonderland from the library (Quite a combo, eh?).

Any suggestions?  There could be a prize coming your way if he nibbles and bites.


16 responses to “Aidan’s Summer Reading

  1. Bram Stoker -Dracula
    Mary Shelley -Frankenstein
    Frank Herbert -Dune
    Neal Stephenson -Cryptonomicon
    Ethan Nicturn -One City: A Declaration of Interdependence
    Frederick Douglass -Autobiography

    Frank Meeink and Jody Roy -Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead (fantastic book, but pretty heavy subject matter)

    what else….well, I’m a huge Hunter S. Thompson fan, but I know better than to suggest such twisted illness to anyone’s kid…at least not anyone who I like. heh

  2. Alice is a bear! So many topical references that we are unfamiliar with. I have an Annotated Alice that is packed with explanations for the allusions to 186O’s life. This is probably rhetorical, but has he read The Great Gatsby? Anyway, I will check my shelves for other possibilities that are not coming to mind right now.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Ginna. We did get the Annotated Alice, thank goodness. I’m not sure about Gatsby, but will pass it along.



  3. Mosquito Coast, Cry the Beloved Country, The Kite Runner, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

  4. Love Medicine (Erdrich): easy, magical read
    Beloved (Morrison): not so easy, but profound
    Slaughterhouse-Five (Vonnegut): my hunch is this is the winner!

    For an easy, thoughtful historical summer read, I recommend Oz’ “In the Land of Israel.”

  5. I would agree with Vishan. The Kite Runner is excellent, readable, worthwhile fare. Also consider House of Sand and Fog.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Ginna. I know Dunreith love House of Sand and Fog.

      Thanks, too, for your card, which we received today. These are tough times, and we are hanging in there.

      Now to bed!



  6. By the way, how did you upload my picture at the writing table?

    I was thinking Moby Dick might be a nice summer book for the lad. I was particularly enamored by the Cetology chapter during my high school junior year English class. Where else could you wrestle with the comparisons of the Physeter and Anvil Headed Whale?

    On the other hand, perhaps it was books like these that caused the mind to wonder to the ball field or the back seat of Lisa’s Volvo!

    And here is an 1851 headline from Melville’s masterpiece: “Whaling Voyage by One Ishmael”

    no joke!

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Jack, for your typically erudite, whimsical and informative comment!

      Keep them coming, baby!

      Hope all is well with you and your crew.


  7. never did get to that back seat, and i have to wonder (as opposed to wander – i’ll get it right this time) if the google-world is causing serious damage to that uniquely human experience – our imaginations.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      I hear you on both fronts, and I wonder how much time we spent wondering about past possibilities that never quite materialized! 🙂


  8. Jeff
    How about “Devil in the White City”– Chicago World’s Fair and all– he probably had to read it for school
    Maybe John Irving. I am a big fan of “A Prayer for Owen Meany” He also may like “Perfect Storm”- since he is familiar –sort of- with Gloucester. For non fiction he may like South: Shakleton’s voyage …. or Voyage of the Essex

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Tancee, for these suggestions. I’ll pass them along!

      Hope Tom, the kids and you are all well. Let’s catch up soon. It’s been too long! 🙂



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