Sandy’s Summer Reads: June

It’s gonna be a long hot summer, so find your favorite lounging spot and curl up with one of these summer reads. Delve into the hidden life of one of Hollywood’s most famous starlets, or transport yourself to the beach. We guarantee you won’t be able to put these down.

Summer Reads

More Than Love: A Portrait of My Mother by Natasha Greyson Wagner | Biography


Written by her daughter, MORE THAN LOVE is a memoir of the glamorous life, sudden death, and lasting legacy of Natalie Wood. Natasha shares warm and loving stories of her mother living a slightly chaotic childhood with Hollywood stars Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood.

See HBO’s Natalie Wood Special “What Remains Behind” May 5, 2020 

Readers Recommend:

Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life by Manoah Bowman

Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour by Marti Rulli and Dennis Davern

Natalie Wood: The Complete Biography by Suzanne Finsted

An Elegant Woman by Martha McPhee | Historical Fiction


This book follows four generations of women over 100 years. AN ELEGANT WOMAN is a story of discovery and reinvention as these women determined who they were and what they wanted in their lives. The shape-shifting matriarch, named Thelma, believed the past existed only to be molded and re-created in the pursuit of her success and the success of her family.

Readers Recommend:

Her Mother’s Mother’s Mother and Her Daughters

by Maria Jose Silveira

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Bright Angel Time by Martha McPhee

The Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner | Fiction


The maid of honor for a high-society wedding on Cape Cod is an old school friend and now a career Instagram influencer for plus-size women’s fashions. THE BIG SUMMER was written by best-selling author Jennifer Weiner, “to give her readers an escape from what is going on right now.”

Readers Recommend:

Mrs. Everything

by Jennifer Weiner

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

Murder on Cape Cod by Maddie Day

Beach Read by Emily Henry | Fiction


College writing rivals agree to spend the summer on a challenge as an attempt to get out of their writer’s block; he writes literary fiction, she writes romantic comedies. They swap genres. Both are going through hardships and struggles, not believing in themselves or other people. They are scared, anxious, and broken-hearted. Gradually they learn to trust one another and fall in love, in a most believable way, making you believe that books have the power to heal.

Readers Recommend:

When the Sky Fell on Splendor

by Emily Henry

A Million Junes by Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Growing Old by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas | Nonfiction

Growing-old-coverGROWING OLD

is a map we can follow to enjoy our later years with grace and dignity. It is a lifetime of observations of the world by an 88-year-old author. It’s a tribute to the beauty and brevity of life that offers understanding for everyone, regardless of age.

Readers Recommend:

The Unexpected Adventure of Growing Old

by Leah Friedman

Growing Old Well by Armando de la Cruz

The Hidden Life of Dogs by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

The Guest List by Lucy Foley | Mystery


Like any Agatha Christie classic, THE GUEST LIST has a very complicated plot. A high-profile wedding on a remote island, begins with a murder. The chapters are written with different points of view from the main characters, keeping you guessing. Who is the murderer? Why?

Readers Recommend:

And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

Murder On the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Hello Summer by Mary Kay Andrews | Fiction


This is a perfect break from the quarantine; well written, with complex characters, and set in a beautiful beach town. HELLO SUMMER has a political scandal that goes to D.C., a murder and a mystery, a family-owned local newspaper and media drama, and a little bit of love story.

Readers Recommend:

The Big Summer

by Jennifer Weiner

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews