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Summer Reading List 2021

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This summer, the Dirigible team is hitting the books. Below you can find a curated list of our all-time favorites, what we’re currently reading and what we’re looking forward to peering into next.

Kindra’s Picks

The Book of Difficult Fruit

By Kate Lebo
A cookbook/memoir with razor-sharp writing

Dessert Person

By Claire Saffitz
The title says it all.

Accidentally Wes Anderson

By Wally Koval
A visual delight.

Sister Pie

By Lisa Ludwinski
All killer, no filler (except, of course pie filling)


By Zadie Smith
I cannot wait to start this one. Smith is my favorite author!

Sam’s Picks


By Marilynne Robinson
An all-time favorite, Pulitzer-prize finalist poetically highlighting the story of three generations of women


Preston & Child
A thrilling favorite!

Welcome to the Monkey House

By Kurt Vonnegut
I’m currently reading this.

Jake’s Picks

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

By S.C. Gwynne
Recently finished this historical account of the fight between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West.


By Frank Herbert
One worth coming back to! Read this a long time ago and Jake is planning to re-read it this summer.

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

By Robert A. Heinlein
Just some good old, golden age classic sci-fi.

Marian’s Picks

Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals

By Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Marian can’t wait to start this one.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

By Joan Didion
A California classic and a favorite!

Selected Crônicas

By Clarice Lispector
Currently reading!

Allie’s Picks

Looking for some inspiration? Try these three reads. (Pro tip from Allie: try listening to them as audiobooks!)

Start With Why

By Simon Sinek
Learn more about what goes behind marketing and business!

Nathan’s Picks

The Wreckage of My Presence

By Casey Wilson
Never has an opening line of a book resonated with Nathan more than “I am a bed person.”

The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives

By Brian Moylan
Finally, historians are fixating on world events that are truly notable.

Ryan’s Picks

Blind Spot

By Teju Cole
Beautiful pairings of photographs and free-associative prose.


By Jeff Lemire


By Marilynne Robinson
Picked up per Sam’s recommendation!

Katherine’s Picks

The Heart’s Invisible Furies

By John Boyne
A favorite, set in Ireland over the course of seven decades. Fun fact: John Boyne also wrote The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – definitely a different vibe, but amazing writing nonetheless!

Conversations with Friends

Sally Rooney
Another Irish book, written by the newly-famed Sally Rooney

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

By Alison Bechdel
Graphic novel written by the creator of the “Bechdel Test”