Summer Reads from our Staff

Summer is in full swing, so that means it’s time to sit back, relax, and pick up a great novel. Whether you’re on the beach, on a road trip, or in your favorite book nook at home, here are some books our staff couldn’t put down this season.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

A twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

“SO good, a really gripping read.” –Paula Doucette



Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

Spanning forty years, it’s the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister, Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

“I literally couldn’t put it down, I think I stayed up all night reading it.” –Karol Howes 



Shelter Me by Juliette Fay

Months after her husband's death, Janie discovers that the unknowable terrain of the future is best navigated with the help of others—even those we least expect to call on, much less learn to love.

“Fun and easy read with great characters and relationships.” –Veronique Sainten



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1984 by George Orwell

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever.

“Very relevant these days.” –Colin Middleton



Girl on a Train by A.J. Wains

Nothing is as it seems and Anna opens a can of worms that throws into question even her own husband’s suicide, before the threads of the mystery converge in an astonishing conclusion.

“A fantastic mystery and a really engaging novel.” –Maria Furnari



PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee, a Korean American author

This 2017 novel follows characters from Korea who migrate to Japan with an emphasis on Japanese-Korean cultures.

“Amazing characters, amazing read!” –Shelly Goulet



King Cohn, The Life and Times of Hollywood Mogul, Harry Cohn by Bob Thomas

A biography of an uneducated immigrant who built Columbia Pictures from the ground up. 

“I love how these old studio bosses were like kings, they ran their studios like empires.” –Lawrence Bergman