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Looking for a Good Summer Read? Here Are Recommendations From Our Readers PDF Print Email


By Staff

Aug. 5, 2020: Every summer, we publish a list of books recommended by MHTB readers.

Below is the list for this summer. We have included comments from the recommender if provided.  Each book title links to the Womrath Bookshop website, where you will see a description of the book and can purchase it. 

Also, the Bronxville Library has a new virtual service. You can join their email list and receive genre-specific reading suggestions,  Click here to join their list.

Biography/Memoir/Literary Essays

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Book of Delights by Ross Gay

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Lost in Ghost Town by Dr. Carter Stout

The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir by Andre Leon Talley

The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton

The Unwinding of a Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. "A great book about Churchill."

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finke

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Untamed by Glennon Doyle.  "I really loved it. I could not put it down."

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell


How Not to Die Cookbook" by Dr. Michael Greger.  

Non Fiction

Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town by Barbara DemickFeatured in a New York Times list of "Ten New Books We Recommend This Week" (July 23).

One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America by Gene Weingarten"Although published in 2019, this book should still be on summer reading lists. Weingarten takes a randomly chosen date—in this case December, 28, 1986—to prove his belief that interesting news happens every day."

Russians Among Us: Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories, and the Hunt for Putin's Spies by Gordon Corera

Poetry & Drama

Sophocles, The Oedipus Cycle, by Dudley Fitts

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare


A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.  

Apeirogon by Colum McCann. "Not really a summer read but very interesting."

Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray 

End Of October by Lawrence Wright

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance:  "An interesting read after watching Trump get elected."

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Love by Roddy Doyle:  "About two friends in Dublin bar."

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd: "About a strong female figure in tough times." 

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

The Dutch House. By Ann Patchett

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. "Murder mystery in Agatha Christy style. Total page-turner."

The Lions of 5th Avenue by Fiona Davis. "Recently featured in the New York Post as a Best Book of the Week (July 18) and Publisher's Weekly gave it a starred review."

"The Memory Police" by Yoko Ogawa. 

The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro"Kazuo Ishiguro was the winner of the 2017 Nobel prize. I think The Remains Of The Day is one of the greatest novels I've read in recent years and highly recommend it."

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

The Ticket by Fred Shackelford

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan 

The Art of Living by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. "Amazing book written by a 13 year old with autism."

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Books & the Arts Directory

Art Restoration and Framing

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

Music & Performing Arts Schools



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
Eastchester, New York 10709


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