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Summer Reading for Performers

This year’s summer reading program is full of fun and food, games and prizes – but what about the books?  Not to worry, we still have scads of those, too!  Summer in the City just wouldn’t be complete without great reads to jog your mind on these lazy days.



The Chaperone by Laura Moriartythe chaperone book cover

Moriarty’s most anticipated novel imagines the story of Cora, the Wichita housewife who accompanied an irreverent 15-year-old Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922.


Marrying Mozart by Stephanie CowellMarrying Mozart book cover

The four Weber sisters share an artistic life in a ramshackle house until 21-year-old Wolfgang Mozart walks into their lives. Cowell brings 18th century Europe to life with unforgiving winters, yawning princes & scheming parents.


Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffieldlove is a mixt tape book cover

What is love? According to Western philosopher Pat Benatar, love is a battlefield. From Elvis to Missy Elliott, the Rolling Stones to Yo La Tengo, Sheffield uses mix tapes to tell the story of his time with a hell-raising punk-rock girl.


Ghost Light by Frank Richghost light book cover

There is a superstition that if an emptied theater is left completely dark, a ghost will take up residence. To prevent this, a “ghost light” is left burning at center stage after everyone has gone home.


Just Kids by Patti SmithJust Kids book cover

It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led a young Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe on a path of art, devotion and initiation.


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