Far Away, From Home

Local authors' summer lit-aways to distant places

Far Away, From Home

Not every summer affords us a chance to journey somewhere exciting or exotic. Maybe the ol' 9-to-5 has us chained to town or a lack of scratch makes travel unfeasible. But even when we're stuck staycationing, books let us visit lands and eras far removed from our own. And how far they transport us doesn't depend on where or when they were penned. A book written in our own neighborhood can be a gateway to any corner of the globe or moment in history, as this year's Summer Fun roundup attests. All five authors have ties to Austin, and yet their books carry us to Okinawa, small-town Appalachia, the future of technology, and even Austin in the days before the Armadillo and MoPac. (This last, Elizabeth Crook's Monday, Monday, has just been selected for the Mayor's Book Club.) So sit down and let someone from home send you someplace far from it. – Robert Faires

  • Monday, Monday

    Elizabeth Crook's new novel charts the ripples radiating out from the Whitman shootings

    Out of Peel Tree

    Laura Long's debut novel chronicles the tug-of-war between moving forward and staying the same in a small town

    Above the East China Sea

    In her most ambitious novel, Sarah Bird entwines the tales of two teenaged girls, both on Okinawa but in different eras

    Thunderstruck and Other Stories

    Elizabeth McCracken's stories examine the humanity of the mildly freakish and unspoken freakishness of daily life

    Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper

    Through research and case studies, Robert Bryce argues that human ingenuity will beat environmental collapse to the punch

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More Summer Fun 2014
Riding the Wave of Rum Punch
Riding the Wave of Rum Punch
Pleasant Storage Room fuels summer fun with rum

Gracie Salem, May 16, 2014

Just Don't Call It Wakeboarding
Just Don't Call It Wakeboarding

Kate X Messer, May 16, 2014

More summer reading
Getaways Far, Far Away
Getaways Far, Far Away
Summer reading recommendations that will take you out of this world

Robert Faires, June 17, 2016

Getaways Far, Far Away
Dark Run
Mike Brooks' ragtag gang on a galactic smuggling mission may seem familiar (cough, Firefly), but you'll love 'em all the same

Rosalind Faires, June 17, 2016

More Arts Reviews
Austin Playhouse's <i>Monroe</i>
Austin Playhouse's Monroe
In Lisa B. Thompson's tender drama, young African-Americans work out where they belong in the world

Robert Faires, Sept. 21, 2018

Miró Quartet at Bates Recital Hall
Miró Quartet at Bates Recital Hall
The ensemble's opening concert for its 15th season as UT's Faculty-Quartet-in-Residence was uplifting in a number of ways

Robert Faires, Sept. 21, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

summer reading, Elizabeth Crook, Elizabeth McCracken, Sarah Bird, Laura Long, Robert Bryce, Summer Fun 2014

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