Summer Reading (For Adults): Our Literary Picks For This Summer

Rush to the library and put these titles on reserve before everyone else does.



Whether it’s tossed into your beach bag or queued up on your Kindle, a good book is your best summer accessory. We asked a couple of our local indie booksellers for new and upcoming titles to put on your reading list this season. 

For Adults

The Closer 

Mariano Rivera and Wayne Coffey
May 6

When we cheered for Mariano Rivera, we didn’t just root for the home team—we supported a neighbor; Rivera lives in Purchase. Now we can get a deeper look into his life with this book, co-written by sports journalist Wayne Coffey, in which Rivera recounts how he went from Panamanian fisherman to the greatest relief pitcher of all time.

Gottland: Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia

Mariusz Szczygieł and Antonia Lloyd-Jones
May 27

Journalist Mariusz Szczygieł proves that sometimes truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction—at least when it comes to the little-heard stories from Czechoslovakia in the 20th century. For example, everyone reveres the name Franz Kafka, but did you know that his niece lent her name to writers banned by the Communist regime? 

The Quick

Lauren Owen
June 17

For those of you still in a supernatural-romance phase, Lauren Owen has all of your gothic longings covered with her novel, set at the end of the Victorian era. But, unlike other supernatural romances, you don’t have to be embarrassed if you’re seen reading it: The Quick was named one of the top 10 literary fiction books of the season by Publishers Weekly.

Lucky Us

Amy Bloom
July 29

Lucky Us has a little of everything: Fol-lowing two half-sisters on a journey across America in the 1940s, there’s Hollywood glamour, hot jazz clubs, Brooklyn beauty parlors, and even the War. Writer Amy Bloom—author of A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award—was once a practicing psychotherapist, so she has a keen insight into the minds of her characters.

Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust—Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour

James A. Grymes
August 12

When you think of “music history,” you probably think of something dry, cold, and unemotional. Music historian James A. Grymes will change your mind with his book, which focuses on violins during the time of the Holocaust, and how they inspired comfort, hope, and perseverance. Grymes also tells the story of Amnon Weinstein, an Israeli violinmaker who has spent the past two decades restoring these instruments. 


For Kids

My Teacher is a Monster (No, I Am Not.)

Peter Brown
July 1

Every teacher has the capacity to be a monster, but, with his picture book, writer Peter Brown challenges kids to see if monsters are all they appear to be. Can kids see teachers as—dare we say it—humans?


For Middle Readers

A Hitch at the Fairmont

Jim Averbeck
June 24

From The Hardy Boys to Veronica Mars, young detectives will never go out of favor. In this book, Alfred Hitchcock himself shows up to help an 11-year-old boy solve the mystery of his missing aunt. 


For Young Adults

Going Over

Beth Kephart
April 1

Sure, this is technically a spring title, but our experts assure us that we must add it to our summer list in case it passed anyone by. The book focuses on the star-crossed love of two people with a seemingly insurmountable obstacle between them: the Berlin Wall. 

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart
May 13

From a Printz Honor winner comes a tale of memory loss, secrets, and fairy tales, all surrounding a privileged family that has its own private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Interested parties should read it fast, before the doozy of an ending is spoiled for you.

Looking for more recommendations? Ask the experts. For our list, we consulted the tastemaking bookworms at: Anderson’s Book Shop (Larchmont 914-834-6900; www.andersonsbooksny.com) and The Voracious Reader (Larchmont 914-630-4581; www.thevoraciousreader.com).