If you’re looking for a beach read this summer, I recommend Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller and Chemistry: A Novel by Weike Wang. I especially recommend Chemistry if you’re looking for something moving and uniquely written that won’t depress you while you’re on vacation.
Chris Kyle gives a well-written, detailed account of US military life during the Iraq War. If you’re seeking to understand the mindset of Iraq War veterans, American Sniper might be a good place to start.
I’m currently reading Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance. I’m terribly bored reading it, but I’m suffering through it because it was recommended by a friend.