Books for the summer: That’s what we’ll read on vacation in 2022!

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Lisa Zirngast, Junior Affiliate Editor

“Night over Tangier” by Christine Mangan


“Night over Tangier” by Christine Mangan

That’s what it’s about: Tangier 1956. Alice Shipley has followed her husband John to Morocco. But while he throws himself into the nightlife, Alice, plagued by depression and loneliness, hides in the apartment they share. One day, Lucy Mason comes to her door, Alice’s college roommate, whom she hasn’t seen since a mysterious accident a year earlier. Soon Alice feels controlled by Lucy’s care, a feeling she already knows. When John suddenly disappears, the accident catches up with Alice – she begins to doubt Lucy as well as her own sanity.

Madeline Dangmann, fashion editor

“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara

A little life


“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara

Granted, this book isn’t particularly new, and it’s not an easy summer read either. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth reading – and a holiday gives you exactly the peace and time you need for this stirring read!

That’s what it’s about: The drama follows a lifelong friendship between four men: Jude, Willem, Malcolm and JB. Met at college, they couldn’t be more different and from now on accompany each other on their life paths and professional aspirations – some are more present, others less in the narrative center, some more full of pain than the others. Revealing their developments, inner struggles and secrets here would rob the book of its concentrated emotionality, with which the story repeatedly catches you cold. Suffice it to say: It is not for nothing that the “New York Times” wrote that this 900-page epic is a book that “can drive you crazy, devour you and take possession of your life.”

Miriam Mueller, Digital Expert

“Back to the Land: Outdoor Life for Modern Dropouts” by Freddie Pikovsky and Nicole Caldwell

Back to the country


Back to the Land: Outdoor Life for Modern Dropouts” by Freddie Pikovsky and Nicole Caldwell

That’s what it’s about: This book is not the typical summer read and definitely too heavy for hand luggage. But anyone who spends the summer brooding in the city and dreams of breaking out will find ideal reading in “Back to the Land: Outdoor Life for Modern Dropouts”. The photo book takes us into nature: mountains, country, desert, sea – and shows couples who have dared to leave their familiar surroundings how one can also live beyond the German dream of “ownership”. Recipes and DIY basics complete the reading.

Ann-Christin Traub, Art Department

“Open Seas” by Benjamin Myers

”Open Sea” by Benjamin Myers

That’s what it’s about: In 1940s England, a young man named Robert leaves his home village, which makes a living from the coal industry. Before his fate as a mine worker overtakes him, he wants to explore the rolling green hills and the wide sea off England’s coasts. His path leads him on foot through the war-torn country, past small villages and remote farms, until, after weeks of wandering, he finally reaches the open sea and the picturesque coast of northern England. There he meets Dulcie Piper, an elderly lady who captivates him with her lively and eccentric nature. An entertaining afternoon turns into a whole summer, which Robert spends in her enchanted cottage. Dulcie introduces him to a whole new world of poetry, art and culture in an unforgettable way – a connection that will change the lives of both of them forever.

Fatima Njoya, Junior Editor for Fashion and Sustainability

“Nordstadt” by Annika Büsing

north town


“Northern Town” by Annika Busing

The best thing about the book is the cover. And when you open it, you’re greeted by a story that’s real and pragmatic. Pretty cynical and dry. But then again to smile. Because the more dramatic things sometimes get, the nicer it is that there is hope everywhere – even “in the north of the city”.