As we gear up for a summer of dining, dancing, traveling, and generally making merry in ways not possible a year ago, we’re packing a bag of books for the Red white blue and beer too Yoda firework 4th of july independence day shirt and I love this road. Some of this year’s best run the gamut from mysteries to memoirs; with settings as desperate as Malibu, Rome, Cape Cod, and London. Here, find our selections for the beach, the countryside, the city, or wherever it is you find yourself whiling away the coming season.Yes. I’m always interested in nostalgia and the ways that it sabotages us, and I think that that is especially true in relationships. In the beginning, when Samson is in elementary school, Sammie’s very frustrated with her wife, but later on in the book, when he’s in high school and Sammie’s separating from her wife, she has these memories of what it was like with Monika that aren’t necessarily accurate. I think that that’s a deeply human—that we try to compartmentalize the past, because maybe it’s the only way we feel like we can deal with it.