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Summer is finally coming in Chicago and it would be great to check out a great book and laying on beach for a whole afternoon..This article from Vogue I read has the best tips which book to choose from. And this is a summary of my top 8, let’s dive into it..
If there’s anything that could rival the bliss of getting completely lost in a book, it’s doing so while lounging on a towel with a cool glass of rosé at arm’s reach. Part of the magic of summertime is that it provides ample opportunities to catch up on your reading; whether you’re on a train ride out to the beach or relaxing on a hammock in a remote location where there’s (thankfully) no wireless signal. In anticipation of many upcoming vacations, we asked our editors to share which books they’re most looking forward to packing in their beach bags. Their literary recommendations include everything from guilty pleasure thrillers and magical realist love stories to environmental nonfiction and family memoirs. Start making some room in that tote bag.
- New People: Danzy Senna’s new novel New People is about race and class and identity in late ’90s Brooklyn, and everyone should read it. If you’re on the beach, all the better?
- Into the Water: This summer, I intend to hibernate with Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. Her bestseller, The Girl on the Train, had me at the edge of my bed when I read it in 2015 and made me a rather antisocial Thanksgiving guest that year. Hawkins’s propulsive writing has hooked me from the start, and to her credit, her plot twists have quite literally made my jaw drop.
—Anna-Lisa Yabsley, Site Director
- LOVE, Africa: I just bought Jeffrey Gettleman’s new memoir Love, Africa about his rise to becoming the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times. I always look for his articles so a whole book of his writing has me very excited!—Chloe Malle, Contributing Editor
- My Cat Yugoslavia: I’m really looking forward to reading My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci, a Finnish novel that was recently published in English. I’m a sucker for an unconventional love story and, judging by the reviews, this one comes with all the kind of unexpected magical realist touches that I like, including a talking cat and a pet boa constrictor.
—Chioma Nnadi, Fashion News Director
- The Dream Colony: I exist on a diet of bios and memoirs. The Dream Colony, which recounts curator Walter Hopps’s life in art, is looking especially delicious, and I hope to devour it while basking in the sun.
—Laird Borrelli-Persson, Archive Editor
- My Mrs.Brown: I’ve started a book clique recently with a few friends and have already lined up our initial reads. First up? Billy Norwich’s comic tale My Mrs. Brown. However, outside the group I plan to kick back and get my inner IR nerd on reading The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency by Chris Whipple.
—Edward Barsamian, Style Editor
- Rich People Problems:I am super excited to dig into Kevin Kwan’s Rich People Problems, the third book in his series following Crazy Rich Asians. I first picked up the book on a flight going to Singapore and I am still completely obsessed.
—Alexis Tiganila, Designer
- The Hidden Life of Trees:Top of my list is The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. My friend, the eco-minded Australian designer Kit Willow, turned me on to it. Wohlleben spent 20 years in the German forestry commission, and strongly believes that trees feel pain and can communicate with each other—and not just with their neighbor trees, but trees miles away in a forest. Fascinating! Especially at a time when President Trump seems savagely determined to plunder the Earth, and shame America in the process.
—Nicole Phelps, Director of Vogue Runway