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Books To Read This Summer

Books To Read This Summer

Ahhhh Summertime Chi where weather above 70 call for trips to weekend festivals, farmers market, picnics in the park and beach bum days. Whether your fun this summer means trips to the beach, cross country drives or even an extended trip abroad, a good book should be at the top of your packing list. Summer is the perfect time to relax, curl up with a new book while nursing a glass (or three) of wine or juice of course if that’s your thing. 

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite reads for this summer. From chic lit to biographies and thrillers, there’s something for everyone on SociaLifeChicago’s #Summer16 Reading List.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Lily and the Octopus

This is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog. Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

Available here.


Shut Up and Do the Work: The entrepreneur’s guide to creating massive success by Stephanie Synclair

Shut Up and Do the Work

Shut Up and Do the Work is the ultimate guide for experienced entrepreneurs, new entrepreneurs and those with dreams and ambitions of entrepreneurship, who know without a doubt that they were born to do more, be more and have more, yet they can’t seem to grab it.

Available here.


In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

In the Country we Love

The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country.

Available here.


End of Watch by Stephen King

End of Watch

The spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers—In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.

Available here.


Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes

In this poignant, hilarious, and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood’s most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder reveals how saying YES changed her life—and how it can change yours too.

Available here.


The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader.

Available here.



Sick in the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow

Sick in the Head

From the writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer ofFreaks and Geeks comes a collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years—including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham.

Available here.

An Innocent Fashion: A Novel by R.J. Hernández

An Innocent Fashion

The Devil Wears Prada meets The Bell Jar in this story of a wide-eyed Ivy League grad who discovers that his dream of “making it” at leading New York City fashion magazine Régine may well be his undoing.

Available here.

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The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene

Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

Available here.


Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Modern Romance

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Available here.

American Babe: A White Girl Problems Book by Babe Walker

American Babe

Babe Walker thought she had done it all. After all, she’s survived the highly exclusive social hierarchies of Bel Air, traipsed around Europe in true white-girl fashion, and left her mark on several of the best rehab facilities in the United States. But now Babe is about to enter a terrifying new world: Middle America.

Available here.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

Available here.

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