What could be better than taking your time in the summer? In light of this philosophy, it’s time to indulge in a spot of reading on your beach towel, under the parasol, or in bed after breakfast. The Communications Team at Kusmi Tea has concocted a little summer reading list with something for everyone. Make room for a least one of them in your suitcase, and get ready for a variety of stories each more exciting than the last!
1/ Guilaine, Communications Director
A Life, by Simone Veil
I particularly enjoyed this autobiography, in which Simone Veil recounts her life in the first person. Her emotion, calm, and courage are omnipresent throughout this marvelous book. This is an example of an exceptional journey made by a 21st-century woman who endured the horrors of Auschwitz. She then made a rather late entrance into politics, imposed herself as a woman and successfully had abortion legalized, as well as becoming the first woman in the European Parliament and a member of the Académie Française. What’s more, her challenging experience of motherhood is also fascinating. A true example for women everywhere!
2/ Cécile, Communications Manager
Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One, by Raphaëlle Giordano
Both easy to read and intriguing, this novel by Raphaëlle Giordano is perfect for relaxing during your time off. Take advantage of your vacation to really get into this book. And you never know, just like Camille, the main character, it might help you escape the gloom and find a new meaning to life! From chapter to chapter, you will discover the realities (and dangers) of routines and lots of personal development advice you can use in your daily life.
A book that does you good, and one to be passed on afterwards to help spread a little happiness!
3/ Léna, Junior Digital Project Manager
Léviatemps, by Maxime Chattam
Get ready for a wave of emotions as you dive into Paris during the World’s Fair of 1889 to chase after a murderer whose crimes are covered up – with varying success – by the police. Set in Paris during the frenzy of the World’s Fair and coupled with the fear of running into the Parisian Jack the Ripper, this book offers a captivating read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Ideally enjoyed while lying on the beach, but perhaps not in bed after dark!
I particularly enjoyed following the investigation while discovering another side to the must-see spots in Paris and its iconic streets through the eyes of a bygone era.
4/ Le livre de Pauline, Communications Assistant
A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway
I’m a lover of classic literature, and when I come back from my travels I enjoy reading stories about Paris and France set in times other than my own. Discovering the French capital of the 1920s through the eyes of Ernest Hemingway, a young writer who had just arrived in the city, helped rekindle my love for Paris. This book also led me to rediscover other artists from the same era such as Francis Scott Fitzgerald… The next book on my (re)reading list is The Great Gatsby!
5/ Léa, Communications Assistant
Et je danse, aussi, by Anne-Laure Bondoux and Jean-Claude Mourlevat
A truly modern epistolary that begins with an email sent off like a message in a bottle… But a certain complicity soon grows between Jean-Marie Sotto, a disillusioned writer, and Adeline Parmelan, a reader “unlike any other.” The ensuing correspondence reveals the extent to which both are hiding their loneliness… as well as a shared secret that comes to light throughout the book. What is in the mysterious envelope she sends to him? And why will he dare not open it? A novel filled with tenderness and humor to be devoured from cover to cover!
6/ Diane, Digital Project Manager
Vernon Subutex, Virgnie Despentes
This book is part of a trilogy, so let us start at the beginning. Vernon is a duality, a fallen man and yet inspiring, sad but poetic, alone yet filled with feeling. The novel takes you through his past, a time filled with music, rock ‘n’ roll, friends, love, and pain. The writing style is raw, effective, and realistic. After just a few pages, readers will be immersed in his story, growing fond of Vernon and understanding the difficult life he has led. Fortunately there is light at the end of the tunnel, in the form of the second volume! The perfect book for the discerning reader.