summer reading

Picture this: a beautiful beach, gentle breezes, a blanket, umbrella, and a cold drink. Something’s missing, right? A BOOK!!  We’ve asked our BA50 staff, friends and writers for their picks, and we’ve compiled a list of Great Summer Reads. Head to the library, head to the bookstore, jump online and upload…(and it doesn’t have to be beach reading–you’ll enjoy these books from a comfy chair, or a subway seat  just  as well.)


tell the wolves im homeTell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Told from a teen’s perspective, this wonderful novel takes us back to a time in the late 80’s when the AIDS epidemic transforms a family’s existence.


the unlikely pilgrimage

Sad tale of a British antihero whose seemingly ordinary life becomes quite remarkable in retrospect.

the interestings

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer  This tale follows the lives of a group of teens who first meet at a summer camp in 1974.


summer we read gatsby

The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek

When two estranged sisters inherit a Hamptons beach house, they search for fortune but find love instead.”


12 tribes of hattie

A debut novel that “tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.”

tiny beautiful things

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
By the author of the best seller, Wild, this book is an intertwining of self-help and memoir asStrayed reveals herself to be the once anonymous online columnist,Dear Sugar.

the woman upstairs

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud “A riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own.”

100 summers

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz WilliamsThe ultimate summer read that takes place in a 1938 beachfront community and deals with families, love and friendship

big girl pantiesBig Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich Romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get her life in shape, both literally and figuratively.


Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld Familial issues and identical twin sisters who have “innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets.”


lost in suburbiaLost in Suburbia: A Momoir by Tracy Beckerman
A series of humorous and poignant essays from a former “cool, NYC executive” who gives it all up to become a stay-at-home mom in the suburban jungle called New Jersey.

how did you get this number

How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley
Witty collection of personal essays from the author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake.


images-1The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan
Debut novel that raises questions about “the very nature of life and humanity” and tells the tale of the discovery of a man,
frozen since 1906, who is brought back to life.

before the afterBefore the After (Splintered Category Romance) by Janie Emaus
A tale of love and time travel in this Kindle edition written by one of our wonderful BA50 writers.



memories of a marriageMemories of A Marriage by Louis Begley
“An irresistibly entertaining novel about a man struggling to understand his friends’ seemingly charmed marriage,
which may have been doomed from the start.”


dakota bluesDakota Blues by Lynne Spreen
A middle-aged woman and her elderly neighbor, and a road trip that tests her fortitude and gives her a chance to break free of her old life. (Also written by one of our wonderful BA50 writers!)


view from penthouse bThe View From Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman
“Two sisters recover from widowhood, divorce, and Bernie Madoff as unexpected roommates in a Manhattan apartment.”


widow waltz The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow

How the realities of the life you thought you were living can come crashing down upon you in an instant is the theme of this novel from one of BA50’s Contributors. (Read an excerpt from Sally’s novel here on!)


quiet the power of introvertsQuiet: The Power Of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.
One of our readers described this as life changing. says “at least one-third of the people we know are introverts.
They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their
own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the
great contributions to society.”

And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini  From the author of The Kite Runner comes “an unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.”

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