Just in time for your (hopeful) escape from the heat and the grind, here are the summer reading recommendations of Jacobin’s editors and staff writers.

We asked a handful of Jacobin writers and editors to suggest some beach reads for this season. (Jesus Merida / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

Here at Jacobin, our summer reading lists may not be something you could accurately describe as “light.” But maybe that’s not what you’re looking for. From last year’s recommendation of Enver Hoxha’s memoirs to 2021’s plug for Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook (which remains a leftist literary classic), we must plead guilty to encouraging you to drag a heavy tome along with you on your beach vacation. But we believe you’ll be rewarded by doing so, with this year’s literary delights spanning from a winding Napoleonic narrative to the first book in a masterpiece trilogy on the civil rights movement — with an incursion on commodity fetishism thrown in for good measure.

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