Notes From Madewell: Summer Reading List

There’s not much more we love here at Madewell than curling up to a good book (especially if we’re wearing some supersoft chambray while doing so).

Now that we’ve got even more daylight hours and weekend getaways to spend quality time with a solid read, here’s what we’ll be nose-deep in this summer.


 1.  Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple

This charming and quirky novel about a runaway mother and her teenage daughter’s attempts to find her has some hilarious, screwball moments. (No surprise there as the author used to write for Arrested Development.)

2.  The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A young woman deals with her troubled past by communicating through flowers (yes, flowers.) If you’re looking for a roller coaster ride of emotion that you won’t soon forget.

3. Still Life with Woodpecker, by Tom Robbins

We don’t mind rereading this ’90s favorite because it’s just that amazing. An imaginative love story between a princess and an outlaw that involves pyramids, redheads and the purpose of the moon? What’s not to love.

4.  Apology, issue no. 2

Apology is “a general interest magazine for people whose general interests aren’t general.” (Translation: cool, unexpected stuff.)  The second issue of this art and literary quarterly features short fiction, lost poetry, photographs of teddy bears and a glimpse into the home of Jackie Collins.

5.  Kinfolk, issue no. 8

We love the creative spirit behind this ad-free magazine (plus, it’s really pretty to look at). The latest volume highlighting all things Japanese packs so much goodness: a photo essay of an Osaka family, a how-to on shibori dyeing and a cherry blossom macaron recipe.