Books for Summer Vacation

Summer is in full swing in Tallahassee. The temperatures are scorching; community pools are refreshing; the beaches are breezy; the grills are smoking: and the 2018 World Cup is captivating. Let Midtown Reader’s booksellers help you find the perfect book to accompany you on all your summer adventures.

In the meantime, here are some of our favorite suggestions:

When Life Gives You Lululemons, Lauren Weisberger

Welcome to Greenwich, Connecticut, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito's and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor.

Emily Charlton’s been working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, she has lost a few clients. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now. When Karolina Hartwell, a gorgeous former supermodel, is arrested for a DUI, her fall from grace is merciless. In Karolina, Emily finds her comeback opportunity.

Emily, Karolina, and their mutual friend Miriam, a powerful attorney turned stay-at-home suburban mom, band together to not only navigate the social land mines of suburban Greenwich but also win back the hearts of the American public.

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, Jon Meacham

While the American story has not always been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times. In The Soul of America, Jon Meacham writes about dramatic moments in our national history, demonstrating how they have been shaped by the contest to lead the country forward rather than back and to assert hope over fear.

Meacham also paints surprising portraits of Abraham Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson and illuminates the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch.

The Word is Murder, Anthony Horowitz

A woman crosses a London street just after 11 a.m. on a bright spring morning, and she is going into a funeral parlor to plan her own service.

Six hours later the woman is dead, strangled with a crimson curtain cord in her own home.

Disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric man and his partner, the celebrated novelist Anthony Horowitz, are both curious about the case and looking for new starts.

But as the case unfolds, Horowitz realizes he's at the center of a story he can't control and that his brilliant partner may be hiding dark and mysterious secrets of his own.

Cocktails Across America: A Postcard View of Cocktail Culture in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, Diane Lapis & Anne Peck-Davis

Cocktail culture boomed in the United States after Prohibition, starting with the jazz-filled cocktail lounges and elegant supper clubs in New York City and flowing all the way to the postwar-era resorts and cabaret night spots of California and beyond. Barkeepers and mixologists across the country were developing new-fangled concoctions like the Red Snapper, the Santa Fe Cooler, and Cooper's Ranch Punch. A newly liberated America couldn't get enough.

The unique cocktail lounges, hotel bars, and other more exotic drinking venues defined this era of drinking culture and were immortalized in the linen postcards used to advertise them. With over 50 vintage cocktail recipes (including several modern twists), fascinating historical vignettes, and more than 150 pieces of vintage ephemera, you will be transported to an era of unbridled indulgence and distinct glamour.

Vacationland, John Hodgman

After an appearance to promote his books on The Daily Show, author John Hodgman was invited to return as a contributor, serving as the show's "Resident Expert" and "Deranged Millionaire." He is also the host of the popular Judge John Hodgman podcast, in which he settles serious disputes between real people, such as "Is a hot dog a sandwich?"

Since his career was founded on fake news and invented facts, that routine didn't seem so funny to Hodgman by 2016. Everyone was doing it. So, disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: he is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; the painful beaches of Maine that want to kill him (and some day will); and the metaphoric haunted forest of middle age that connects them.

Vacationland collects these real-life wanderings and provides a poignant, sincere account of one human facing his forties, those years when men in particular must stop pretending to be the children of bright potential they were and settle into the failing bodies of the wiser, weird dads that they are.

Rich People Problems, Kevin Kwan

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu but tormented by her ex-husband—a man hell bent on destroying Astrid's reputation and relationship.

Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to China's second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new step-daughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing.

Rich People Problems will take you from Manila’s elegantly appointed mansions to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong's most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace. This is a hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel that reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia's most privileged families.

Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal, Ken Bensinger

The FIFA case began small, boosted by an IRS agent's review of an American soccer official's tax returns. But that humble investigation eventually led to a huge worldwide corruption scandal that crossed continents and reached the highest levels of the soccer's world governing body in Switzerland.

In Red Card, Ken Bensinger explores the case, and the personalities behind it, in vivid detail. Remarkably, the corruption existed for decades before American law enforcement officials began to secretly dig, finally revealing that nearly every aspect of the planet's favorite sport was corrupted by bribes, kickbacks, fraud, and money laundering. Not even the World Cup, the most-watched sporting event in history, was safe from the thick web of corruption, as powerful FIFA officials extracted their bribes at every turn.