Staff Picks: Summer Beach Reads


Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
Historical fiction set on Long Island, beautifully written with characters that stay with you.
— Mary Aileen, Fiction Librarian 

Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
It’s the perfect horror story about a malevolent, ancient evil force lurking in a small town school.
— Philip, Tech Librarian

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Last summer, I read Morena-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic in an afternoon on the beach, reread it the next day, and then immediately read everything else she had written. Her newest is a treat.
— Tara, Library Director

Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford
This captivating (true) tale is about the construction, as well as the ultimate destruction, of the Key West Railroad.
— Ron, West End Librarian

My Last Summer with Cass by Mark Crilley
I really loved this coming-of-age YA graphic novel about friendship and art.
— Lenora, Nonfiction Librarian

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour
I stayed up all night to read this energetic, intelligent, and satirical debut about a young black man who is invited into the corporate tech world only to discover not everything is as it seems, both at home and at work. 
— Natasha, Media Librarian

American Dirt by Jeannine Cummings
A riveting story of a mother and son fleeing their country to escape death after their entire family is murdered.
— Eileen, Local History Librarian

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
An absolute romp that is deceptively poignant and purposeful.
— Mary, Librarian Trainee

Eleanor Oliphant is Perfectly Fine by Gail Honeyman
I was laughing out loud at times listening to this debut novel by Gail Honeyman. If you love characters who can’t help being themselves 100% like A Man Called Ove or Olive Kitteridge, you’ll love Eleanor Oliphant. Witty, charming, and hopeful, I admit the twist at the end caught me by surprise!
— Jeannine, Programming Librarian

Stargazer by Anne Hillerman
A mesmerizing mystery set amid the gorgeous backdrop of Navajo Nation in the American Southwest.
— Joan, Outreach Librarian