Best Books This Summer

Too much

of a good thing

is wonderful.

Mae West

While I do my best not to get overly baked in the Mediterranean sun, do tell what’s on your reading list?  Here’s a collection by (mostly) women writers for whatever corner of the planet this summer may take you:

The Ladies of Managua by Eleni Gage. Through three generations in Nicaragua and Miami, love, loss, secrets, and the mother daughter dynamic hold true no matter where we live.


The Wild Oats Project by Robin Rinaldi. Move over, Madame Bovary! This woman’s midlife memoir  is a quest for passion at any cost.


Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave. A Sonoma vineyard provides the backdrop of a family drama, each character exploring what (s)he wants from relationships and of her/himself.


Speak by Louisa Hall. Moms will want to read this book recommended “for all teens.” What to do when your kid in high school refuses to speak out of shame and becomes a social outcast?


The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendetta Vida. In Morocco, a woman reels you in on her journey of reinvention, questioning our preconceived notions of identity, perception, and social blueprints.



The Rocks by Peter Nichols. Spanning six decades and three generations of two families, a tragic event sets the stage for the tale of two warring expat Brits in Mallorca who used to be married to each other.


In The Country by Mia Alvar. What stories do we tell ourselves to make our reality bearable? Nine short story vignettes of Filipinos working around the world, each contemplating the masks we wear and the consequences we face after tough choices.


The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus.  A New York family struggles to hold on to the waning opulence in their lifestyle. When is feeling rich (or poor) relative?


Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share what’s in your beach/travel bag. And have the sunniest 4th of July!



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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Jul 07, 2015 @ 00:30:59

    “The story of Sharon”…continues, as you don your Goddess winged heels in search of new adventure. 😉 Which brings me to the topic of my favorite Summer reads. Your blog! I enjoy seeing and reading about your adventures and someday your book will be on the best sellers list too…get busy, Sharky! Choosing a book from these choices was very easy…”In The Country”. As I read some of the reviews it pulled me in and I will certainly enjoy it. Ordered and on its way!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!, Sharon!



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