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Summer Reading Suggestions

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There’s no better excuse than summer to sit down under your favorite shade tree with a book. At Truman Park in Largo, MD, we’re inviting our residents to do just that! This month, take a trip outside your apartment to worlds near and far inside the pages of a book. Summer is a time for exploration and adventure, so let’s embrace it together. Below, we’ve compiled a short list of books. Join us as we read something new this June.

Leaves of Grass
Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass is an electric breakthrough in prose and stands out because of its remarkable ability to describe feeling. Though each season makes an appearance here, spring and summer make the most striking and lasting expressions. You’ll be able to connect with and fall in love with the earnest and optimistic colors and experiences of the season with this book.

The Botany of Desire
Have you ever wondered what’s behind the evolution of different plants that are a part of our everyday lives? Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire answers that question by looking at the world through the metaphorical eyes of four different plants, exploring our relationship with our environment.

Perhaps the most compelling thing about the book is its ability to suggest that perhaps plants have evolved to our needs, but also push us to evolve for their own benefit.

A Room with a View
The jubilance that accompanies summer can have an intoxicating influence on us after so many seemingly uninterrupted overcast months. While that usually just shows up as high energy and optimism, this book explores — through comedy — the way characters, set in this twentieth-century Victorian story, open themselves up because of their experiences.

Do you have any book recommendations for us? Share in the comments below. Thanks for reading.