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Summer read: ‘Summer Solstice: An Essay by Nina MacLaughlin’

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Summer Solstice: An Essay by by Nina MacLaughlin.’

Aisha Hamad AlMidfa

This book is perfect for those of you that want to feel inspired but lack the commitment and motivation in reading a book. This book is compromised of 72 pages making it a quick and insightful summer read.

The author, Nina McLaughlin, is a books columnist for The Boston Globe. McLaughlin’s book Summer Solstice came out in late April of this year.

The intent of the book is meant to make readers reminisce about that one summer that everyone longs for, particularly living a pandemic has proven that many seem to reminisce of the older, more adventurous days.


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Even if summer is not a season, you prefer it can still inspire many to look at the brighter side of things and to take in the smallest of things that make up summer. 

McLaughlin uses very descriptive language in appealing to that summer feeling that was experienced in our past and how it may resonate in our future. 

“What is summer made of? The first swim. A sunburn. A crown you’ve made of flowers. Lemonade and long dreamy days.” McLaughlin wrote.

“Her poetic mash-up interweaves strands of history, science, literature and myth, alongside personal anecdote.” Said Joan Silverman, a writer.

“MacLaughlin…is a master writer, with the rare combination of acute observation and astute word choice that characterizes writers like Annie Dillard or Joan Didion.” Said The Boston Globe.

“It took me back to summers when I was a teenager and made me appreciate the rhythm of the year.” Wrote a reviewer on GoodReads.

Aisha is an intern with Gulf Today. She covers the Emirati community, culture, and food.

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