We're back from Ferragosto and ready for a book club share! If you're looking for a new summer read, we asked the team what books kept them busy while on vacation. Here's what they had to say 📖
MARTHA, LEAD BOSS LADY: NOCTURNES, KAZUO ISHIGURO
"You can't go wrong with this author, and a short story collection is perfect summer reading. I'm usually reading in a hammock or by the river, so my reading is in shorter spans than the long winter hunker-down calls for.
Ishiguro's characters have incredible depth and his storytelling has the perfect amount of spaciousness."
FOR ALL YOUR SHORT STORY SIPPING, PAIR NOCTURNES WITH VARIETALLY INCORRECT ZINFANDEL
NINA, HEAD OF MARKETING: BRAIDING SWEETGRASS, ROBIN WALL KIMMERER
"[Robin] weaves science and indigenous wisdom into short offerings that remind me to be slow and generous during this season of abundance. It's the ideal book for choosing a random chapter and reading out loud while laying on a blanket in the sun. :-)"
TO TASE ALL OF MOTHER NATURE'S DELIGHTS, PAIR BRAIDING SWEETGRASS WITH
POST FLIRTATION ROSÉ
TIM, ASSISTANT WINEMAKER: VINO, THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO REAL ITALIAN WINE, JOE CAMPANALE & JOSHUA DAVID STEIN
"This is a wonderful deep dive into regional Italian winemaking. I'm using it both as a handy reference and for future vacation planning."
FOR A TASTE OF ITALY (FROM CALIFORNIA), PAIR VINO WITH VERMENTINO
ANNA, CUSTOMER CARE SPECIALIST: AMERICAN DIRT,
"This book really gripped into me. The powerful story of the drug cartels and migrants had me thinking so much of my immigrant family/ A lot of tears were shed."
PAIR AMERICAN DIRT WITH RICETTI CARIGNAN FOR AN EQUALLY AS MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE
ALYSSA, DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER: HAPPY HOUR,
"Easy-to-read and entertaining, this novel follows a 21-year-old through her life in New York City. It felt a little vapid and pretty at times (hello NYC social climbers!), but I find that I'm not interested in heavy reading in the summer. This is substantial enough to keep me interested without weighing me down."
FOR SOMETHING EQUALLY AS LIGHT AND REFRESHING, PAIR HAPPY HOUR WITH TRY IT OUT! SPRITZER
IMANE, DISTRIBUTION SALES MANAGER: SWEAT THE TECHNIQUE: REVELATIONS ON CREATIVITY FROM THE LYRICAL GENIUS, RAKIM
"This one goes out to all my fellow Hip-Hop lovers. Rakim uses his flow and cadence to 'wax philosophic' on his creative writing process whilst sharing autobiographical glimpses into his past. I highly recommend listening to it also, as he narrates with that irresistible, classic Queens-Long Island, NY accent."