Here are the books from summer 2022 that you can throw in your suitcase!

Which book should you take with you this summer? While during the holidays we finally find time to sit down and read, it is difficult to choose, as the editorial offer is so important. Whether you prefer award-winning novels, classical literature or science fiction, here is ours selection of books to put in your suitcase !

To read by the pool: “Samourai” by Fabrice Caro

Since his wife left him for university, Alan has been trying to write a “serious novel” and is taking advantage of the summer break to get to work while watching his neighbors’ swimming pool on vacation. As usual, Fabrice Caro manages to deal with delicate subjects with humor, highlighting the absurdity of life.

Samurai by Fabrice Caro, Editions Gallimard, €18

The most philosophical: “A little philosophy manual for the emotionally minded” by Ilaria Gaspari

Taking us on a journey through time and relying on the greatest philosophers and writers in history, Ilaria Gaspari offers us a philosophical approach to our emotions. Thanks to the words we put on our ills, it allows us to live our feelings and trust them, without going through them or being dominated by them.

A small philosophy manual for the emotional by Ilaria Gasparo, Editions pouf, €18

The most mythological: “Hades and Persephone – Volume 1” by Scarlett St. Clair

Scarlett St. Clair here offers us a rewriting of the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. Persephone, goddess of spring, is here a deadly journalist. In a secret nightclub, she meets a mysterious stranger: Hades. After their meeting, the goddess of spring and the god of the dead find themselves bound by an impossible contract, while a forbidden love develops between them.

Hades and Persephone – Volume 1 by Scarlett St. Clair, Hugo Roman Editions, €18

The most political: “The Mage of the Kremlin” by Giuliano Da Empoli

“He was called the ‘Kremlin guy.’ The enigmatic Vadim Baranov was a director who then produced reality TV shows before becoming Putin’s preeminent pig, known as the czar. After his resignation from the post of political adviser, the legends of his account without anyone being able to tell the false from the true. Until one night he entrusts his story to the narrator of this book…” By immersing ourselves at the heart of Russian powerthis novel also talks about the war in Chechnya, the Ukrainian crisis or the Olympic Games in Sochi, and offers a meditation on power and the underside of the Putin era.

The Kremlin maker by Giuliano Da Empoli, Editions Gallimard, €20

The most romantic: “Normal People” by Sally Rooney

Through the characters Marianne and Connell, Sally Rooney tells of first love and all its blunders, hurts and hopes that it entails. Between love, friendship and sex, Sally Rooney reveals the ambiguities of our time with a pen worthy of Jane Austen.

The novel, available in paperback, was a worldwide success and was adapted into a series.

Normal people by Sally Rooney, Editions Points, €7.90

The rarest: “Skidamarink” by Guillaume Musso

Not found for years, Guillaume Musso’s first novel is finally reissued, and now available in paperback!

In a thriller which mixes mystery, suspense, love and adventure, Guillaume Musso is interested in four strangers who each receive a fragment of Mona Lisa after it was stolen. When they decide to solve this mystery together, their lives take a turn that will be irreversible!

Ski damarink by Guillaume Musso, Editions Le Livre de Poche, €8.90

The most feel good: “The charming bookstore of quiet waves” by Jenny Colgan

When Zoe, single mother, is offered a hybrid job, half nanny, half bookseller in Scotland, she doesn’t hesitate! But when she meets the children she has to take care of and their widowed father, she quickly realizes that the situation is far from easy…

The charming bookstore of the calm waves by Jenny Colgan, Editions Pocket, €8.50

The most Sardou: “Connemara” by Nicolas Mathieu

Nicolas Mathieu continues to tell about Eastern France and its small rural towns, taking an interest in Hélène and Christophe, two forty-somethings who are opposites but united by love, regret and boredom in a region that sings Sardou.

Connemara by Nicolas Mathieu, Editions Actes Sud, €22

The most feminist: “Witches: the undefeated power of women” by Mona Chollet

In this essay, Mona Chollet returns to the feminist struggle and the image of witches throughout history, from those of Salem to the modern-day witches who gather to cast a spell on Donald Trump. She is interested in the three types of women perceived as witches throughout history: the independent woman, the childless woman, and the elderly woman.

Witches: the undefeated power of women by Mona Chollet, Editions La Découverte, €18

The most contemporary: “Sex Friends – How to (well) miss your love life in the digital age” by Richard Mémeteau

In this essay, Richard Mèmeteau mixes philosophy, personal development, serials and romantic comedies to provide a reflection on contemporary sexual ethics and the figure of the “sex friend” who inhabitsthe sentimental desert of the current single generation.

Sex friends – How (good) to miss your love life in the digital age by Richard Mémeteau, Editions La Découverte, €17

The most nostalgic: Just Kids by Patti Smith

In her memoir, poet and rocker Patti Smith reflects on her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, 60s and 70s New York and the artists who have passed it, from Lou Reed to Allen Ginsberg to Janis Joplin. She tells the story of these children united by their love of art.

JustKids by Patti Smith, Folio Editions, €8.90

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