The Best Summer Beach Reads of 2019

Journeys filled with mouthwatering delicacies and hair-raising adventures. Family secrets. Hidden desires and criminal cover-ups. Forays into sin and redemption. Fantastical worlds found at the border… and in Florida. Stories of love and loss and love found again. Journeys from Russia to Mongolia, Zambia to the Netherlands, and all across the United States. These are just some of the scenes and stories Daily Beast author Allison McNearney selected as the the best new reads of the season and pair perfectly with a sandy beach.

Home Remedies

Wang has established herself as a must-read literary force with this debut collection of stories that brings to life characters from the Chinese diaspora. From Mott Street to Los Angeles, Beijing to the remote province of Heilongjiang, these stories explore issues of immigration, privilege, maturation, and the compromises young people must make in order to survive and thrive. Each story introduces readers to a wildly different scene and characters—a troubled member of the wealthy parachute generation, a working-class man who makes a questionable choice to better his station, the abandoned kids of desperate immigrants—but each one underscores the imaginative and compelling mind of this fresh new voice. Available Now.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by, Real Simple, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, GoodReads, PureWow, Vulture, The Millions and more.

Elizabeth Gilbert has taught us the importance of traveling as spiritual self-care, how to harness our creativity, and the shifting global context of marriage. But with City of Girls, she offers up pure, unadulterated entertainment. This novel is the quintessential summer read painting a vibrant portrait of New York in the 1940s through the eyes of one young girl who finds herself in the character-filled world of a working-class theater and who refuses to follow the rules set by society or to accept anything short of wringing the most she can out of her life. Available June 4

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

Named a Most Anticipated book by: Marie Claire • Good Housekeeping • New York Post • Thrillist • Popsugar •  and more. 

This compelling mystery will scoop you up from page one and won’t let go until the very end. Told from the perspectives of three different women in the Lee family—Ma and her daughters Sylvie and Amy—the novel is an emotional story of the search for identity and belonging across cultures and within one’s own immigrant family. Come for the mystery surrounding Sylvie’s disappearance, and stay for Kwok’s empathetic and masterful exploration of the painful choices one family makes to survive and the unintended consequences of intergenerational secrets and misunderstandings. Available June 4

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Named a Most Anticipated book by Daily Beast, Chicago Tribune, NY Post

The relationship between sisters is complicated in the best of times, but when you add in a family secret, the ripple effects of tragedy, and the pressure of trying to live up to the true love of your seemingly perfect parents, things get even messier. Told in vibrant, unsparing detail, Lombardo’s sizable debut novel shows how the spoken and unspoken, the good and the bad, weaves itself into a family’s DNA over a lifetime and can unravel in a single, life-changing year. Available June 25

Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping & Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World  by Jeff Gordinier

Finding himself in a bit of a rut, Gordinier’s life is changed in 2014 when he receives a phone call from René Redzepi. Suddenly “anointed” by and welcomed into the inner circle of one of the greatest chefs in the world, Gordinier follows the Noma guru and his coterie—think Danny Bowien, David Chang, and Malcolm Livingston— around the world for four years, bringing the sights, sounds, and, most importantly, flavors of his pilgrimage to life with such colorful and rich detail that you can almost taste them. While their quest for culinary nirvana can get a bit bro-y, there is nothing short of magic in this globetrotting tale that leads to descriptions like that of Enrique Olvera’s mole as “an epic poem about history and time.” Available July 9


View the complete list of book suggestions in Allison McNearney's article at:

%d bloggers like this: