One nonnegotiable in our beach bags this season? A can’t-put-it-down book to dive into between ocean dips. Check out Team Madewell’s picks and get some inspiration for your own seaside reading list.
Startup: A Novel by Doree Shafrir
Clear your weekend, because Startup is the kind of novel you blaze through while neglecting everything else (sorry, laundry). Funny and smart, it’s a look at what it’s like to be a woman in the NYC tech world with an ending that will leave you hoping for a sequel. —Betony, copy connoisseur
Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York edited by Sari Botton
I love this collection of essays based on writers’ (Ann Hood, Dani Shapiro, Cheryl Strayed, Emma Straub) individual experiences living in NYC. If you’re a New Yorker on a beach vacation, these pieces put a lot in perspective. —Kimberly, photo virtuoso
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Swing Time is a thoughtful account of one woman’s adolescence vis-à-vis two relationships—one, an imbalanced childhood friendship, another, an uncomfortably personal assistantship. Smith’s writing makes me laugh, reflect and relate, uncannily, to her characters. I bring her books everywhere (beach and otherwise)! —Phoebe, merch maven
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
I enjoyed this one because it brought my attention to how much our culture values certain personality traits—shyness, gregariousness, etc.—and the huge impact that has on our society. It’s interesting to see how other places around the world don’t necessarily share those same values. Definitely a thought-provoking read. —Jessica, creative whiz
Nabokov’s Dozen by Vladimir Nabokov
Short stories are great for the beach (take a swim, have a read, take a nap, have a read, repeat) and Nabokov is, you know, Nabokov. Highlight: “Spring in Fialta.” —Sam, visual genius
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