Year of the Mad King by Antony Sher An artistic polymath who is as excellent a writer as he is an actor, Sher (he's also a fine painter) has published a series of books about how he crafts his performances of some of Shakespeare's greatest characters. I loved his earlier "Year of the King" about how he put together his portrayal of Richard III and so I dived into this new one about his Lear as soon as it came out. But, alas, Sher's work on the play got interrupted by the illnesses and deaths of his sister and sister-in-law and so the book spends more time grappling with his familial affairs than it does delving into Lear's. It's understandable but lamentable, particularly because the sections in which he explains his wrestling with Lear are so good.
And finally, there's The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. I can't say enough about this oral history of Angels in America. In fact, you can read a full review of it I wrote for the National Book Review by clicking here.
Happy reading and happy summer!