Summer Reading


Summer is here and it’s time sit back and relax with a great book. Find a comfy chair, whether its pool side, by the shore, or with a mountain view, and lose yourself in a good story.

We have a variety of books this summer including life journeys in far away places, witty commentary and observations on being a woman, love stories, female friendships, the uncertain times during the Russian Revolution, and a collection of American recipes. Some books are new this year while others are still as entertaining as when they were first introduced.

Jane Scott, Frances Mayes, Elizabeth Gilbert, Kevin Kwan, and Amor Towles transport us to far away places including Tokyo, Moscow, Italy, India, and Singapore. How fun is it getting lost in a good book with backdrops in far corners of the globe? An added bonus is the fact that some of these novels have been made into motion pictures as well.

Nora Ephon and Ali Wentworth are two funny ladies. Why not laugh out loud at the beach – no one is looking! Both authors have great insights to everyday life – writing what everyone thinks but is afraid to say – while combining blatant honesty with terrific advice. I wish I could sit, chat and have a glass of wine with them!

Relationships, including friendships and romance, are abound in The Versions of Us and The Girls in the Picture, both by bestselling authors. Both novels span years between the main characters – in England and Hollywood respectively – and examine choices taken.

Joanna Gaines’ cookbook was added for its delicious recipes as well as its beautiful photos. I love reading cookbooks – perusing the photos and tantalizing recipes. It’s great fun to plan new selections that hopefully will become new family favorites.

Here are some that we think are worth a read this summer. Enjoy!





Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Season of the Cicada by Jane Scott

Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Ballin Kaur Jaswal

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

Go Ask Ali by Ali Wentworth

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin

Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert




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