Your Long Weekend Reading List

Every American has certain unalienable Rights: Life, Liberty, the pursuit of Happiness...and a really good book.

Long Weekend reading

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Every 4th of July, we gather around our flags, families, and, often, the grill to celebrate our nation’s birthday. But besides the barbeque or the gorgeous displays of fireworks that explode pretty colors across the sky, Independence Day is also about our history as a nation. This year, it falls on a Monday, which gives us the extra bonus of having a lovely long weekend, and you know what long weekends are perfect for? That’s exactly right: reading. In honor of the holiday weekend stretching out before us, we’ve put together an eclectic round-up of fiction and nonfiction that you can pick up and read this Independence Day weekend—because we’re pretty sure that it says in the Constitution that “We the People of the United States…should never be without a good book.”

Which of these have you read? What are you reading this weekend that you would add to this bookshelf?

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About Ilana Masad

Ilana Masad

ILANA MASAD is an Israeli-American writer living in New York. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Printer’s Row, The Toast, The Butter, The Rumpus, Hypertext Magazine, and more. She is the founder of, a podcast for new, emerging, and struggling writers. She is (way too) active on Twitter @ilanaslightly.