Top Book Picks for Summer 2019

Local book fanatics share their must-read summer selections.

“At Briarwood School for Girls” by Michael Knight

Recommended by Peggy P. Cunningham, Author

When the threat of a theme park begins to intrude on the lives of the faculty and students at Briarwood, secrets will be revealed and unexpected alliances will form. Follow the cast of memorable characters as they reckon with questions about fate, history and the possibility of happiness.

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“Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Recommended by Genie Jones, Fairhope Public Library

The band skyrockets to the top of the charts until they suddenly and inexplicably break up. Band members, their friends and loved ones, managers and critics look back and share their version of events, brilliantly capturing the groovy and meteoric music scene of the ‘70s.

“Save Me the Plums” by Ruth Reichl

Recommended by Lauren Denton, Author

This mesmerizing memoir recounts Reichl’s experience of taking over as editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine during a time when women weren’t typically in charge and when the farm-to-table idea was just beginning to catch on.

“Educated” by Tara Westover

Recommended by Judy Culbreth, Editorial Consultant, Mobile Bay Magazine

If you’ve ever thought your childhood was troubled, read Tara Westover’s remarkable true story of resiliency and grit. 

“Cemetery Road” by Greg Iles

Recommended by Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette

Marshall, Jet, Nadine and a host of corrupt, rich, bad guys make for a tense read that can’t be put down. Along the way, secrets are laid bare, and the evils that plague Mississippi are shared through the experience of his characters

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