Summer Reading Series: Kim Westerman

Posted by – July 01, 2015
Categories: Literature & the Arts

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Kim Westerman, Digital Marketing Manager, shares her summer reading list. Find out which books she plans to delve into in the coming months and why she chose each of them! For more lists from our Summer Reading Series, click here.

1) Nox by Anne Carson

One book I’m hankering to read again this summer is Nox, a book-length epitaph by Anne Carson, written after the death of her brother.

2) Monogamy by Adam Phillips

I also want to read more work by Adam Phillips, the British psychoanalyst who got my attention—and the attention of many married people—with his book Monogamy.

3) Missing Out by Adam Phillips

Next up for me is to investigate Phillips’ thoughts on paths not taken in Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life.

4) The Beast in the Nursery by Adam Phillips

I’ll follow that, perhaps, with The Beast in the Nursery: On Curiosity and Other Appetites, Phillips’ 1999 book that unpacks Freud for modern-day disbelievers.

5) Citizen by Claudia Rankine

I’m the only self-respecting poet in the country who hasn’t read Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, a book-length poem about race; I’ll rectify that this summer.

6) Hold Still by Sally Mann

And I can’t wait to read Sally Mann’s memoir, Hold Still, as I’ve admired her work since long before she became famous. Seems that she’s a great writer, too.

7) On Being Normal and Other Disoders by Paul Verhaeghe or The Trauma of Everyday Life by Mark Epstein

Since I’ll only have time to read maybe one more book this summer, it’s a toss up between Paul Verhaeghe’s On Being Normal and Other Disorders and Mark Epstein’s The Trauma of Everyday Life, both of which might feed my need for narratives about the intersection of psyche and soul.


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Marina is the Marketing & Digital Programs Coordinator at North Atlantic Books. After living in New Orleans and Amsterdam, and exploring a couple of continents, she returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to work at NAB. She's passionate about astrology, nonfiction books, and sustainable living, as well as all things metaphysical.