Summer in Rhode Island means time to grab a book and sink your toes into the sand, or head out to the nearest lawn chair. For a few summer reading tips, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison turned to Nicole Merola, chair of the Department of Literary Arts and Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Nicole Merola's summer book picks:
"I've just started it, and I have to say that I'm really kind of engrossed in the way that he is weaving together music, musical composition, chemistry and bioterrorism."
"I think in terms of science writing, she's a very literary science writer. She's an author that I teach quite a lot in my classes, and the students find her prose very accessible and compelling."
"I picked it up because a friend recommended it to me, and it seems like the summer is the perfect time to read about ice. You might be looking at your glass, your beverage, whatever is in it and thinking about what is it exactly that's keeping it cold."
"It's an incredibly well-researched book, and I think incredibly fascinating."
"It's a kind of crime fiction, ghost story, nordic noir and family drama all wrapped up into one novel."
"What I really like abut her stories are the ways in which she details the personal interactions of cousins, of husbands of wives, of friends. Her stories are very much about the people and their interaction with landscape, and so I find them to be very finely-wrought, the language is really interesting, and I think that they are good fodder for conversation."