Recommended Summer Reading 2017


Recommended Summer Reading

We think some of our staff and customer picks would be great to read this summer!

My Italian Bulldozer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101871393
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Published: Pantheon Books - April 4th, 2017

"Absolutely wonderful! Entertaining and hard to put down. Food writer Paul Stuart travels to Tuscany to finish his latest cookbook (and recover from his girlfriend leaving him for her personal trainer). When his rental car falls through, a newfound friend offers him a bulldozer!"
--Lilian, customer at Antigone Books

Before We Visit the Goddess Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476792019
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

"This beautifully written novel tells the story of three generations of women. Sabitri and her daughter Bela, born in India, and Tara, born in the U.S. Their lives are complicated, leading them to unwittingly pass on challenges for the next generation.

"It's a truly excellent summer read for those who love a multi-layered novel with gorgeous prose."
--Kate, at Antigone Books

Cake Time Cover Image
By Siel Ju
ISBN: 9781597090315
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Published: Red Hen Press - April 6th, 2017

"Cake Time follows a young woman through her relationship history, from her teen years through her mid-30s, in an era of "hookups", when no one is settling down. The main characters serves as both participant in and witness to a bizarre -- at times brutal -- sexual landscape.

"Siel Ju''s linked stories are entertaining and fast-paced, while also being deeply insightful and intelligent. A PERFECT read for summer."
--Morgan, at Antigone Books

Commonwealth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062491831
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

"This book is amazing. Clever plot, excellent characters, beautifully written. I am still thinking about it a month later."
--Shannon, customer at Antigone Books

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455540006
Availability: Backordered
Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 3rd, 2017

"The exciting, true story of a long lost city in the jungle of Honduras. Using lidar technology, a team of explorers attempt to answer questions long forgotten. Fast-paced adventure story with loast treasure, hidden secrets, and scary creatures both seen and unseen. Written with thoughtful historical context, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat."
--Karen, at Antigone Books

"This adventursome book takes you to the mysterious, dense world of the jungle. And who deosn't want to read a jungle adventure in the summer?"
--Melissa, at Antigone Books

Swing Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594203985
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Published: Penguin Press - November 15th, 2016

"The thing I love most about Zadie Smith is the way her brain works. However, reading her novels, I had always felt her writing was perhaps too dense. Then I read Swing Time.

"What makes Swing Time a great summer read is that it unfolds with motion. It's fast-moving, plot- and character- driven, and has themes of travel, dance, and popular culture.
--Kate Stern, at Antigone Books

Sweetbitter (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101911860
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Published: Vintage - April 4th, 2017

"Grab this book immediately if you are inthe mood for a read that's smart and well-done, but especially if you're a foodie, spent some of your young adult life in NYC, and/or have worked in a restaurant. Danler nails the nitty-gritty details of that world with lovely, poetic flair and unexpected insight."
--Debbie, at Antigone Books

"What makes this a great summer read is the fact that it is essentially a gossipy romance, best enjoyed with a bittersweet cocktail and some oversized sunglasses. What makes it great literature is Danler's original style."
--Morgan, at Antigone Books

Homegoing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

"This wonderful debut novel opens in 18th-century Ghana, where the lives of two half-sisters diverge dramatically. One stays in Ghana; one becomes a slave in the U.S. The novel then follows the descendents of the two sisters forward into present day. Each chapter focuses on a different person and manages to provide an in-depth look at that prson while also keeping an eye on the larger historical context. An amazing book."
--Trudy, at Antigone Books

A Court of Thorns and Roses Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619635180
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - May 3rd, 2016

"This series begins in winter, when it is cold and everything is frozen -- great imagery for summertime. Maas's books are high fantasy, with amazing world-building. They will transport you from this heat."
--Melissa, at Antigone Books

Another Brooklyn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062359995
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Published: Amistad Press - May 30th, 2017

"Jacqueline Woodson's slim novel about August and her three best friends growing up in 1970s Brooklyn is written in a series of thoughful vignettes, quick and pleasurable to tear through in these summer afternoons when it's hard to focus on anything for too long. Woodson's style is poetic, yet not densely so. Now is the time to read this novel destined to become a classic."
--Morgan, at Antigone Books