Midsummer Retreat Suggested Reading List

Our friends at Main Street Books in Davidson, NC have put together a list of suggested reading for a weekend getaway with their notes on each book. We love supporting independent bookstores! If you are attending the retreat, we will ask that you select two of these after you register. They are included in your registration. 

Dream Peddler by Martine Fournier Watson (Paperback)
Martine Fournier Watson captivated me with The Dream Peddler. I cannot wait to put this in the hands of our customers at Main Street Books. Story of grief and longing, told in poetic prose. If you enjoyed The Snow Child, Where the Crawdad’s Sing, Ordinary Grace, this is the book for you.

Dream Peddler

American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Paperback)
Long listed for 2018 National Book Award, “A tense and timely love story . . . Packed with brave questions about race and class.”

An American Marriage

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown (Paperback)
Have you been on the hunt for your next psychological thriller, only to be disappointed again and again by unbelievable plot twists and half-baked writing? If your answer is, “YES!”, then this is the book for you. A woman vanishes on a solo hike in California’s Desolation Wilderness and leaves behind a family reeling from the loss of this charismatic, enigmatic wife and mother, who, they come to learn, was very good at keeping secrets.  This one kept me guessing until the end, my friends!

Watch Me Disappear

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (Paperback)
A Place for Us is a masterful & wistful portrait of a family caught between two cultures, and a resonant story of faith, tradition, identity, and belonging.

A Place for Us

The River by Peter Heller (Hardcover)
“This story takes off at a run and breaks into a full gallop within the first 50 pages. If best friends Jack and Wynn don’t draw you in immediately as they navigate rapids and wilderness while contemplating literature and philosophy, the threats of a canoeing trip gone awry will. The expert pacing moves between the quiet musings of the characters’ inner worlds and the raging dangers of their outer world. Heller’s eye for the beautiful and the wild shines in exquisite nature scenes. It will make you want to call your best friend and get outside.” – Abbey from BookBar

The River

The Lost Romantics by Tara Conklin (Hardcover)
It’s 2079 and renowned poet Fiona Davis is speaking about her body of work. She is asked about her iconic poem, “The Love Poem.” What follows is a story of family trauma and its aftermath. This would be a great book club book. Gorgeous writing, read this immediately if you love a good family saga!

The Lost Romantics

Sugar Run by Mesha Maren (Hardcover)
From Main Street Books owner Adah Fitzgerald: Mesha Maren loves the incredibly broken characters in this novel (and therefore the real folks of the West Virginia mountains upon which this story is built). The protagonist, Jodi’s, longing to belong is gritty and resilient but ill-equipped. She remains incredibly focused and her vision for her impossible future is so compelling that the twists and turns sometimes come as a surprise. Sugar Run is a thrilling read. Sugar Run is for fans of David Joy.

Sugar Run

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro (Hardcover)
Acclaimed author Dani Shapiro thought she had it all…fame, fortune and family. Raised in the Jewish faith, blond-haired Dani was continually questioned about her ethnicity, without too much thought. Until an impulsive DNA test came back with shocking results. Shapiro’s perfectly constructed memoir suddenly came crumbling to pieces sending her stumbling into a quest for answers and culpability. A compelling, courageous read.


Normal People by Sally Rooney (Hardcover)
Normal People tells the story of Connell and Marianne, two high school students from different social groups who start a secret relationship (his choice) and follows as they come of age in university and beyond. They both have individual traumas and struggles and find in each other a place of home and belonging. Heart wrenching and tender. I highly recommend!

Normal People