If you’re looking for a funny beach read this summer, be sure to pick up Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus. Set in 1960s California, this novel will make you chuckle while it also tackles the more weighty issues of feminism at a time when women weren’t allowed to do much. Check it out if there’s a Mrs. Maisel-sized hole in your life that needs to be filled.
If you’re looking for something a little heavier, try Memphis, by Tara M. Stringfellow. This newly-released novel tells the story of intergenerational trauma shared by three incredible women in one black family. While the issues at play are serious in nature, the story is truly infused with hope and love, making it a perfect summer read.
By Vanessa Hutchison
P.S. Find peace on the river.