8 Summer Must-Reads Recommended by Local Bookstore Owners

Your 8 Summer must-reads waiting to be cracked open!
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Alright, scholar! This summer, let’s get academic with our hobbies and try reading some of these amazing books from our must-read summer collection, handpicked by local bookshop business owners.


Owner: Natalie Pipkin

Recommendation: “A Black Woman’s Guide to Getting Free” by Tamara Winfrey Harris (An upcoming release by a local author!)

Golden Hour Books 

Owner: Sara Gelston Somers

Recommendations: “The Garden Against Time” by Olivia Liang (Releases June 25)

“First Love: Essays on Friendship by Lilly Dancyger

Irvington Vinyl & Books

Owner: Elysia Smith

Recommendation: “Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Kids Ink

Owner: Shirley Mullin

Recommendation: “Louder Than Hunger” by John Schu (A poetic novel of the authors own struggles with an eating disorder. Advised for teens and adults!)

Kids Ink_ Louder Than Hunger
Pen and Pink vintage 

Owner: Laura McPhee

Recommendation: “To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

A period piece novel set right before World War I.

Pen and Pink Vintage

Owners: Julia Breakey and Jake Budler

Recommendation by Jake: “Bite By Bite” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Recommendation by Julia: “The Wedding People” by Alison Espach

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Wild Geese Bookshop 

Owner: Tiffany Phillips

Recommendation: “The Paradise Problem” by Christina Lauren

Wild Geese Bookshop
Leah Johnson : Loudmouth Books

Owner: Leah Johnson

Recommendation: “The Dead Don’t Need Reminding” by Julian Randall

A pop culture piece and memoir, which allows room for grief and black queer joy! Julian says the book “is as beautiful as it is devastating”.

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