Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday July 23rd 2019


Summer Guide ’19: Good Reads

You probably already have a stack of books waiting to be read on your bookshelf and few more downloaded on your tablet.

But it just isn’t summer without a fresh beach read, so here are a few more titles to add to the pile. And we promise, no one will judge you if they don’t get finished until next summer.

Normal People
By Sally Rooney
Everyone is reading it, so it must be good, right? Actually, this novel is one case where a “bandwagon book” is worth all the hype. In it, Sally Rooney explores an on-again/off-again romance, but in way more in-depth and relatable way than we typically get in books or movies.

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)
By Elaine Welteroth
Remember when the internet was shocked by the “wokeness” of Teen Vogue a few years ago? You can thank Elaine Welteroth for pretty much all of that. She was not only the youngest editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue, but she was also only the second African-American to hold that title in the Conde Nast company. Since leaving the magazine in 2018, she has been making a name for herself in other mediums, like TV. In her part-memoir, part-manifesto, Welteroth unpacks a lot—including lessons on race, gender and how to be a change maker.

Mostly Dead Things
By Kristen Arnett
This debut novel has found its way onto just about every “must read” list, and we totally get why. It’s set in a swampy Florida town and follows the journey of a daughter who’s forced to run her family’s taxidermy shop after her father commits suicide.

City of Girls
By Elizabeth Gilbert
The author of “Eat, Pray, Love” is back with another novel about a woman finding her voice, this time set in the theater scene of 1940s New York.

Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel
By Jean Kwok
This anticipated new novel follows two sisters and their mother—a Chinese immigrant family. When the older sister, Sylvie, vanishes, the family must face some long-held secrets in order to get to uncover clues and find her. And, if it matters, it’s a Today Show Book Club pick.

This Is Not A T-Shirt: A Brand, a Culture, a Community—a Life in Streetwear
By Bobby Hundreds
Release Date: June 25
Before there was Instagram or Reddit, streetwear designer Bobby Hundreds was creating a brand that expanded beyond clothing to include a print magazine, eyewear and footwear. In his book, Hundreds shares stories from his formative years while giving a history lesson on the streetwear culture.

Voices from Chernobyl (2019 edition)
By Svetlana Alexievich and translated by Keith Gessen
Release Date: July 1
“Voices from Chernobyl” provided much of the source material for the hit HBO mini-series that explores the Ukrainian nuclear power plant tragedy, and a new paperback version will soon be in bookstores. Journalist Svetlana Alexievich interviewed hundreds of people for the book, which was originally released in 1997, and she even won a Nobel Prize in Literature for her work.

The Nickel Boys: A Novel
By Colson Whitehead
Release Date: July 16
In his follow-up novel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Underground Railroad,” Colson Whitehead takes another time period from U.S. history to task—the Civil Rights era. The story follows two boys sent to a reform school in Tallahassee with unpleasant conditions, to say the least. The scary part is that the novel is based on a real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for 111 years.