8 Books We Think You Should Read This Summer

Our picks for poolside page-turners.


Paris by the Book

By Liam Callanan

This haunting mystery about a family of book lovers is beautifully written and thoughtfully plotted. Plus, it’s set in Paris – read it and travel to the French capital without leaving Milwaukee.


Raising the Dad

By Tom Matthews

Matthews blends comedy and tragedy to paint a vivid portrait of a dysfunctional but not irredeemable American family. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll want to hug your closest relative.


The Book of M

By Peng Shepherd

In the not-too-distant future a strange plague is sweeping the globe – people everywhere are losing their shadows, and then their memories. This lyrically written work of magical realism follows a husband and wife, one of them shadowless, as they search for answers.


How to Stop Time

By Matt Haig

This time-traveling romance novel gives new meaning to the phrase “’til death do us part.” The (secretly immortal) main character, Tom Hazard, has experienced plenty of adventure and intrigue. But he just wants a normal life, and a mortal woman to share it with.

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Sometimes I Lie

By Alice Feeney

If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll love Sometimes I Lie. The story centers on Amber Reynolds, who wakes up in a hospital and can’t quite remember how she got there. She has a feeling her husband knows what happened, though.


How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us

By Michael Pollan

The New York Times named The Omnivore’s Dilemma one of the 10 best books of 2006. And Boswell buyer Jason Kennedy expects Pollan’s latest effort, about the science behind psychedelics, to be another big seller. And yes, the author did drop acid while writing the book.


Daughter in Retrograde

By Courtney Kersten

Kersten, a native of Eau Claire, moved to California years ago. But her heart clearly still belongs to the Northwoods. The country roads and corner bars of her hometown come to life in this bittersweet memoir about coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.


The Adventures of Bob and Downtown Milwaukee: A Tale of Tails

By Shawna Nicols

Nicols says she made the book, which chronicles a day in the life of her family dog, to honor the memory of her late stepfather, Joe Weirick. And she’s donating proceeds to Key to Change, an anti-homelessness initiative championed by Joe and by Nicols’ mother, Beth Weirick.

Three Places to Curl Up with a Good Book

1. Colectivo Bay View

There’s plenty of seating inside this popular coffee shop, including a few comfy couches and chairs. But you can’t beat the swinging benches that flank its patio. Order something caffeinated, to help avoid rocking yourself to sleep.

2. McKinley Beach

You can bury your nose in a book and your toes in the sand at this secluded Lower East Side beach. Take a break to ponder what you’ve read while strolling the shoreline. When hunger strikes, Northpoint Custard is only a short walk away.

3. Pfister Lobby Lounge

Not a sun worshipper? Make this cozy lounge in the Victorian-era hotel your hideaway. Depending on the hour, you might get a piano serenade, too. It’s a particularly apropos setting if you’re reading Edith Wharton or Henry James.

“Celebrate Summer” appears in the June 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Find it on newsstands beginning May 28th, or buy a copy at milwaukeemag.com/shop.

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