Summer Reading Roundup with A Cappella Books

Whether you prefer to crack a book open while rocking on the porch, flip through paperbacks on a beach towel, swipe pages on a tablet or listen to audio downloads in the car, diving into a good book is a great escape in summertime (or any time). We asked the astute staff of Atlanta’s signature independent bookseller, A Capella Books, to give us their recommendations for new summer reads:

Where We Want to Live - St. Martin's Press - BSA 0516Where We Want to Live by Ryan Gravel 

“I highly recommend it for all Atlantans—especially those concerned with our city’s infrastructure or those who want to know about the hard work and philosophies that made the BeltLine possible! Picture strolling down the BeltLine with this book in hand, grabbing some grass at Piedmont Park and reading the words of the dude who helped make your beautiful walk happen.”
—Clara Nibbelink

The Tsar of Love and Techno - Random House Canada - BSA 0516The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra “Every word out of his mouth is gold. There’s nothing else to say.” —Laura Keys 





The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson 

The Summer Before the War - Random House - BSA 0516

“If you liked Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, you’ll love The Summer Before the War, where Simonson looks at life in a small, southern English town through the prism of the impending cataclysm of WWI. She does a great job of revealing the glory, as well as the vainglory, of a thoroughly engaging cast of characters.” —Laura Keys





A Thousand Naked Strangers - Simon & Schuster - BSA 0516A Thousand Naked Strangers by Kevin Hazzard 

“What could be more perfect than relaxing on the beach—while taking an adrenaline-fueled ride through the streets of Atlanta with paramedic Kevin Hazzard?  Fun, scary, eye-opening and somewhat disillusioning—it’s a ride worth taking.” —Laura Keys





When Breath Becomes Air - Random House - BSA 0516 (2)When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 

“Written in the last year of his life, after a diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer, Kalanithi’s meditation on life, death, medicine, God and relationships is beautifully done. It is both heartbreaking and thought-provoking and, paradoxically, both so very personal and absolutely universal. I can’t recommend it strongly enough.” —Laura Keys




Doubleday - BSA 0516Uncle Janice by Matt Burgess 

“Switching from the more usual setting of crime novels, Burgess takes us into the world of undercover narcotics cops, where the street buys are made by ‘uncles’ under the watchful eyes of their back-ups, the ‘ghosts.’ Janice Itwaru is entering her eighteenth month in an NYPD narcotics squad; if she makes it through this trial, she automatically makes detective. But she has to get through the pinball machine of her life and job before she triggers ‘tilt.’” —Laura Keys

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