“Such convenience, I have learned, always comes with a price.” –“The Easy Arrangement” Best read for the summer: a short story collection. Piercy collection of 20 stories spans topics such as hoarding, Jewish life, Alzheimer’s, and sexuality. Her style is accessible, easy-flowing and colorful. Piercy is a national bestselling author of novels, poetry and a critically-acclaimed memoir. She is renowned as a political activist who has protested Vietnam and the Middle Eastern Wars, among other issues. Though stuffed with heavy topics, “The Cost of Lunch, Etc.” is the perfect poolside literary pick.