Good Reads For The Summer

What’s your top beach read? (Jgoge/Flickr)

Memorial Day weekend is coming up, marking the unofficial start of summer. We know the weather doesn’t feel very summery right now. But the long weekend invites us to start slowing down, thinking about the hot weather ahead, and maybe even an opportunity to relax and enjoy a good book or two…or three.

We have some great reading recommendations from a couple of literary locals — and many of the books have a connection to Boston and New England.


Mary Cotton, owner of Newtonville Books and pseudonymous author of eleven young adult novels.

Chris Castellani, artistic director of Grub Street and author of several works of fiction, most recently All This Talk of Love


Mary’s Picks

The Woman Upstairs, by Claire Messud
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro. Read an excerpt here. 
Cascade, by Maryanne O’Hara
Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero, by Larry Tye

Chris’s Picks

Harvard Square, by André Aciman
Together Tea, by Marjan Kamali. Read an excerpt here. 
Girls I Know, by Doug Trevor. Read an excerpt here. 
Zinsky the Obscure, by Ilan Mochari. Read an excerpt here. 
Inventing the Egghead: The Battle Over Brainpower in American Culture, by Aaron Lecklider

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