Liz's Summer Reading List, continued…

Dear Ones —

Do you know this beautiful, simple, rich, delightful tale?

THE SUMMER BOOK, by the great Tove Jansson (whom some of you may know from the Moomin series of children's books). An elegiac, tender, wise, and un-sugary piece of lovely nostalgia. A slim novel based upon the author's childhood summers on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland, where her character was shaped by the weather, by her grandmother, by the sea. (THERE IS EVEN MOSS IN THIS BOOK!)

This is the rare book written about childhood by an adult who seems to actually remember what childhood is really and truly like.

I adore it.

Read it this summer, next to your favorite body of water…


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