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Looking for a Great Summer Read? Here Are Over 40 Books PDF Print Email


By Sarah Thornton Clifford, Publisher

Jul. 18, 2018: Whether you’re at the beach, the lake, or the mountains or you are traveling or relaxing at home, summer can provide just enough downtime to pick up a good book. 

Below are over 40 books that my friends and family are enjoying this summer. The books are in alphabetical order and quotations are from those who submitted the titles.    

The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn.  

Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou. "About the Theranos scandal. Couldn’t put it down." 

The Banker's Wife, by Christina Ager. "Wealth, society, Swiss banks, financial titans. Has all the intrigue for a good mystery." 

Beartown, by Fredrik Backman.  

Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World, by Joshua Freeman. “Fascinating history of big factories.” 

Bobby Kennedy, by Chris Matthews. “Great read of Bobby's life … focuses on campaigns with JFK through his own presidential bid. Well-done tribute to his years of public service.”  

Breakfast with Buddha; Lunch with Buddha; Dinner with Buddha, a trilogy by Roland Merullo. 

The Confidence Code For Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self, by Katty Kay and Clair Shipman. “Has some good insights and is written in a very user-friendly, positive tone. I like both authors as journalists and found their insights into the need for confidence and perspective for our young girls (and boys) valuable.”  

Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan. “Beach read page-turner!” 

The Cutting Edge, by Jeffery Deaver.  

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a Presidentby Candice Millard. 

Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover. 

The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early Americaby Scott Weidensaul.  

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. This book was recommended by five different people.  

The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societyby Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  

The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne. 

The High Season, by Judy Blundell. 

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage, by Dani Shapiro. 

The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin.  

Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson.  

Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan. “Historical novel which takes place during WWll and is set at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. … Good historical context with a well-done family saga and NY mystery.” 

The Masterpieceby Fiona Davis.  

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie.   

Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee.

The Piano Teacher, by Janice Y. K. Lee.

The Power of Oneby Bryce Courtenay. 

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser. “It's about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the early 1880s settlement of the Nebraska and Northwest territory. It was ranked by the NY Times as one of the 10 best books of the year in 2017.”  

Providence, by Caroline Kepnes.

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice, by Bill Browder.  

The Red Sparrow Trilogy, series by Jason Matthews. 

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, by Candice Millard.  

The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman.  

Saints for all Occasions, by J. Courtney Sullivan. “Novel based on two sisters and their story of immigration from Ireland and the different lives they choose. … Similar to the popular Brooklyn.

The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook, by Niall Ferguson. 

Strength in Stillness, by Bob Roth.

Temporary People, by Deepak Unnikrishnan. “This is a bit dated--March 2017--and its magical realism is odd, but I loved it. Really well-written short stories about migrant workers in the Persian Gulf." 

A Theory of Love, by Margaret Bradham Thornton. “Love story between a financier and a journalist set in London, St. Tropez, Tangier, and other beautiful places. Couldn’t put it down.” 

The Ticket, by Fred Shackelford. “Channing Booker is down on his luck and wins the Mega Millions lottery but there are some unexpected twists. I have given this to all my friends.” 

When Life Gives You Lululemons, by Lauren Weisberger. “Fun summer read by author of The Devil Wears Prada. ... As you can imagine, it’s a page-turner set in LA-NY-Greenwich. Society and glamor with Hollywood and politics mixed all equal a good summer read! I have started it and it is hard to put down when work gets in the way!” 

Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past, by David Reich. 

Photo by N. Bower 

Editor's note:  This list includes a book by a relative of the author.


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Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville

The Fine Arts Gallery is a beautiful gallery in the heart of our village. It sells original art and specializes in local artists from Bronxville past and present. It provides high end custom framing, art consulting, restoration and appraisals. Appointments are available upon request. It also sells the Historical Conservancy Journals which include a history of the village as well as the artists who have lived here and are presenting living here ($20/copy).

99 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College

171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708


Books & Culture

Bronxville Public Library

The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children.  All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)

Womrath Bookshop

Womrath Bookshop is a located in the heart of Bronxville village. In addition to selling books, the store also sell children's toys and holds readings both at the store and elsewhere in the community, such as at the Library.

76 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

(914) 337-0199

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Concordia Conservatory

Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.

Executive Director: Kathleen Suss

Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

Concordia College-New York

Phone: 914-395-4507

Crestwood Music Education Center

Crestwood Music Education Center, founded in 1987, has established itself as one of the most reputable and premier music schools in Westchester County with well over 800 students studying piano, guitar voice, Suzuki and much more. Their philosophy is to create a very positive, stimulating environment that gives each student the chance for creative self-expression. They believe in the importance of having a world-class faculty with extensive education as well as the teaching and performing experience that can only found in America's finest music schools.

453 White Plains Road
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