7 Books to Pack for End-of-Summer Travel
John Connolly, author of the Charlie Parker series of mystery novels, shares his end-of-summer literary to-do list with DEPARTURES readers.
I have a confession to make: I’m not a summer person. It’s just too darned sunny and warm. Me, I’m all about cold and damp. After all, I come from a small, rainswept island off the coast of Western Europe. I’d like to believe my ancestors were Vikings, but I suspect, given my ingrained love for the great indoors, they were probably the kind of people who stayed at home with a nice parchment and a glass of mead.
In winter, I have an excuse to remain inside with a book in hand. In summer, I have to make excuses. But I’ve grown very good at it. You can tell by the pallor of my skin. So, as a gift to my fellow insiders (oh, all right, and to you odd folk who are prepared to venture out to squint at small print by a pool), here are seven books to while away a summer’s day or to pack for your end-of-summer travel.