50 SMNTY Book Recommendations For Summer...Or Any Season

Cristen Conger

A summer reading selection by SMNTY guest Emily Matchar.

It's that time again! Here's our 2013 SMNTY summer book recommendations compiled from what Cristen, Caroline and literary listeners are reading, as well as some titles we've cited in podcasts. It's a colorful mix of fiction and nonfiction with a strong focus on women...of course.

And though the titles link to Amazon for the sake of convenience, if you see something you like, head over to your local bookstore!

  1. Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams (who will be coming on the show soon!)
  2. Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity by (former SMNTY guest) Emily Matchar
  3. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  4. Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith
  5. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  6. West with the Night by Beryl Markham
  7. Birth of the Chess Queen: A History by Marilyn Yalom
  8. Stick and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy by Emily Bazelon
  9. The Good Girls Revolt: How the Woman of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich
  10. May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Holmes (2013 Women's Prize for Fiction winner)
  11. How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
  12. The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford by (you guessed it!) Jean Stafford
  13. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  14. The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel
  15. The Girls of the Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
  16. In Their Time: A History of Feminism in Western Society by Marlene LeGates
  17. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
  18. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  19. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  20. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  21. What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire by Daniel Bergner
  22. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
  23. Virgin: The Untouched History by Hanne Blank
  24. Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality by Hanne Blank
  25. A History of Mistresses by Elizabeth Abbott
  26. One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding by Rebecca Mead
  27. Marriage, A History by Stephanie Coontz
  28. Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
  29. NW by Zadie Smith
  30. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  31. From Midwives to Medicine: The Birth of American Gynecology by Deborah Kuhn
  32. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
  33. Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  34. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  35. Get Your Sh!t Together by Ruth Field
  36. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  37. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  38. Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Milford
  39. I Love Dick by Chris Kraus
  40. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  41. Something From the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in America by Laura Shapiro
  42. Parasol Protectorate (series) by Gail Carriger
  43. "P" Is For Peril by Sue Grafton
  44. Let's Discuss Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
  45. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  46. The Black History of the White House by Clarence Lusane
  47. American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl and the Crime of the Century by Paul Uruburu
  48. Cats' Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People by Steven Vogel and Kathryn K. Davis
  49. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  50. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July