Take Ten: “June” Reads

We’re about halfway through June – whether that’s good or not may depend on whether you have school-aged children at home, am I right? In case you do have some time to spend reading – on top of all the other fun summer stuff – here are a few “June” titles that might help see you through (at least until school starts on August 20th!).


Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash – John Carter Cash

Presents a life of the country music musician and songwriter, from her childhood performances as part of the Carter family singers to her relationship and marriage to Johnny Cash.

Goodnight June – Sarah Jio

June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown-and steps into the pages of American literature.


Henry and June: From the Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin – Anais Nin

An account of Anais Nin’s sexual awakening, this book describes her friendship with Henry Miller and his wife, June, and the fiery affair with Henry that liberated her sexually and morally, undermined her idealized marriage, and led her into psychoanalysis.

June Fourth Elegies – Liu Xiaobo

A bilingual edition of human rights activist Liu’s poems, written across twenty years in memory of fellow protestors at Tiananmen Square, as well as poems addressed to his wife, Liu Xia. (Annotation from goodreads.com)


A June of Ordinary Murders – Conor Brady

Just days before Victoria’s eldest grandson, Prince Albert Victor, and his younger brother, Prince George, are due to arrive in Dublin to represent the monarch, a man and a young boy are shot to death and their faces badly mutilated – Dublin Detective Sargeant Joe Swallow investigates.

Seven Days in June – Howard Fast

The week before the Battle of Bunker Hill, Evan Feversham, an English surgeon living in Connecticut, is at the center of the action.


The Summer After June – Ashley Warlick

Overwhelmed with grief over the violent death of her sister, willful Lindy takes off for Galveston with her dead sibling’s child but discovers life on the Texas coast is not the peaceful retreat she had hoped for.

Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris, June 6th – August 25th, 1944 – John Keegan

Chronicles the 1944 invasion of Normandy, from D-Day to the liberation of Paris. At the same time, the author furthers his exploration of the “role which warfare and its institutions play in social life” by showing how each of the six armies, while resembling one another in purpose and authority, is a mirror of its own nation’s values.


To the End of June: An Intimate Life of American Foster Care – Cris Beam

An intimate, authoritative look at the foster care system that examines why it is failing the kids it is supposed to protect and what can be done to change it.

A Sunday in June – Phyllis Alesia Perry

Grace, Mary Nell, and Eva Mobley–three African-American sisters who can “see” into the past and future–grow up in the Deep South backwoods of early twentieth-century Alabama in a world still haunted by the ravages of slavery.


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