You Won’t Want to Put Down
Digging your toes into the sand, feeling the breeze on your skin and being completely absorbed by the riveting bestseller in your hands is, undoubtedly, one of the great joys of summer.
Remember that? Reading just for fun? I know. Summer reading for pleasure has become a smidge of a distant memory (like from 5th grade camp) for those of us who’ve been in the all-hands-on-deck startup mode.
However…if you feel inclined to indulge in the feminine art of reading, we’ve rounded up some of the best and brightest of the season. Naturally you can count on our list to deliver plenty of glamour, global adventures, romance and unforgettable life lessons.
A dazzling rollercoaster ride of a novel, Beautiful Ruins opens on a rocky stretch of Italian coast before taking you to Florence, Rome, Edinburgh and Hollywood. Telling the story of an almost-lost love affair, this bestselling social satire is full of humor, intrigue, romance and surprises, with a cast of characters that includes movie stars, novelists and hoteliers.
Fall in love with Florence and take a road trip through Tuscany with this sweeping bestseller. Jenna Evans Welch tells the story of Lina, a young American woman who, after losing her mother, moves to Italy for the summer to get to know her distant father. When Lina discovers her mother’s old journal, life-changing secrets inspire new adventures and a romance or two.
Washington DC society comes to life in this brilliantly funny novel about two young couples with rising political ambitions. Our narrator is Beth, a young New Yorker who follows her husband to the capital and observes her new city with humorous scrutiny. As the tension escalates, the novel examines how a seemingly idyllic marriage holds up against a backdrop of competition, gossip and high-powered intrigue.
This addictive and hilarious novel tells the story of Tina Fontana, a thirty-year-old executive assistant to the CEO of a multinational media conglomerate in New York City. Six years into the job, the glamour has worn off, while Tina’s student loan debt remains. When she discovers a technical expense report error that gives her the opportunity to pay off her debt, she finds herself leading a clan of co-conspirators down a potentially dangerous path that could spiral out of control.
Fans of Downton Abbey will love to escape into the idyllic coastal town of Rye in East Sussex. It’s 1914 and change is on its way, as a freethinking and beautiful new female Latin teacher arrives, setting off scandal and intrigue. Bestselling author Helen Simonsson paints us a vivid and compelling portrait of this small town before chronicling what happens when its inhabitants are called to war.
A collage of five different perspectives, In Twenty Years looks at the lives of a group of college roommates who reunite at age forty. While students at Penn, the six friends imagined they’d always stay close, until the unexpected death of their ringleader splintered the group for good. Now returning to the house they once shared, the characters are faced with unrequited feelings, grudges and buried secrets in this engaging story about confronting the past and moving forward.
In glitzy Singapore, ambitious young Jazzy is determined to land the holy grail of husbands—a rich western expat—before she turns twenty-seven. With a sharp wit and a love for designer labels, Jazzy quickly pulls you into her colorful world as she maneuvers to find the man of her dreams. Fresh, exuberant and daring, the novel delivers a stinging social critique as you cheer on its fabulous heroine.
From the bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, this big-hearted novel will remind you that it’s never too late to totally transform your life. Terry McMillan tells the story of 50-year-old optometrist Dr. Georgia Young, a woman with a great career and two divorces under her belt who decides to make some big changes—including quitting her job, selling her house and embarking on a wild journey with the potential for new love.
After a year in India, Jenn Adler returns home with a young guru she intends to marry—much to the dismay of her parents. Both disapprove of the idea, though for different reasons, bringing their own relationship struggles to light. Raising provocative questions about desire and happiness, this fresh and sometimes funny novel keeps you wondering how it will all shake out.
Part-time editor and full-time mother of three Alice Pearse has put her career ambitions aside, until her husband chooses to make a radical change, prompting her to lean in again. Landing a job at a promising new startup, Alice is thrilled by the opportunity to “have it all” and seems to be managing the balancing act, until life takes a few unexpected turns. Told with the candid humor and charm of Bridget Jones, A Window Opens is the story of how Alice discovers what she really wants.