Rave: Summer Reads

Shhh! Here on the fourth floor, not only are we stylish femmes, but we are also bookworms. This summer, we have scoped out some of the best local pools  and exotic travel hot spots. While we always pack the sunscreen for these sunny locales, our best accessory is a good read. 

Check out our recommendations:

This non-fiction novel tells the story of the late Henrietta Lacks, a tobacco farmer. Her DNA continues to “live” within millions of people today as something known as HeLa cells. In 1951, her cells were taken from her without her knowledge, never compensated for, and used to develop the polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization and more. Billions of her cells are still used today, yet her family is unable to afford health insurance. Penned by Rebecca Skloot, this story takes us back to the American South in the 1950s, mirrored by the unanswered questions we still have today about this woman who helped revolutionize the medical world.

We fell in love with the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. Now writing as Madeleine Wickham, Kinsella brings us the saga of Milly’s wedding. Sculpted ice swans filled with oysters anyone? Seeing as two ladies on the fourth floor are brides-to-be, let’s hope they avoid these calamities! A sure bet for a weekend on the sand or at the cottage.

For some serious vacationing (or “staycationing”), we need an equally serious read. David Housholder does just that, bringing us a story of two individuals born on opposite sides of the world when the Berlin Wall falls. Their only connection is a mistake made by their great grandparents year ago. Together, they seek liberation from the disappointments in life. We won’t give away the ending, but can guarantee you won’t to put it down, except maybe to take a sip of a Mai-Tai.

Did we miss any must-reads for the next few months? Let us know @rockitpromo.