What Would D.L. Mayfield Read?

When we constructed the Ink & Letters Summer Reading List, we asked several of our contributors and friends to recommend books they think everyone should read. We also asked several of them to share what books they were looking forward to reading themselves. In case you missed it, we shared poet Juan Morales's summer reading picks here. Today we roll out the second post in this series.

D.L. Mayfield, author of the forthcoming book of essays Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith (which is already garnering rave reviews and is due out August 16 from HarperOne), included five books on her to-read list this summer. Here they are:

  • Still Life by Louise Penny
  • No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss
  • The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society by Henri Nouwen
  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
  • Amends: A Novel by Eve Tushnet

D.L. Mayfield lives and writes in Portland, OR with her husband and two small children. Mayfield likes to write about refugees, theology, and downward mobility, among other topics. She has written for places as varied as McSweeneysChristianity TodayImage Journal, and The Toast.