7 Summer Beach Reads for Your Hamptons Retreat (And Where to Shop for Books in the East End)
Updated: Aug 25, 2022
Few activities are more relaxing and centering than enjoying a good book at the beach on a hot summer day. The idea of a good "beach read" is subjective, though most would recommend stories that are engaging and captivating without being too serious as to dampen your mood.
As a Hamptons local and avid reader, Carol G. Abady knows firsthand the joys of reading along the shore. Here is a curated list of titles she recommends you add to your summer list. From comedic memoirs to thrilling crime mysteries, her selections are bound to suit a variety of preferences.
Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance
By Alison Espach
A deeply touching and suspenseful story written with both precision and sensitivity. The story is a tale of love family, heartache, and nostalgia.
It centers on two sisters whose romantic interests are usurped by sudden tragedy, resulting in an unexpected outcome.
By Damon Wayans
Known for his roles in "In Living Color" and "My Wife and Kids," Damon Wayan's memoir is pure, laugh-out-loud hilarity from beginning to end. It makes for a fun and lighthearted beach read and will undoubtedly drive conversations at gatherings.
Mad Money, Mega Dealers and the Rise of Contemporary Art
By Michael Shnayerson
Abady notes that, not unlike the real estate world, the world of contemporary art is both dynamic and cutthroat.
Take a deep dive into the industry, as told by someone who knows it best.
By Gerald Marzorati
A timely read centered around the tennis legend, who just announced her retirement. The book provides an overview of her sheer determination, grit and talent.
"'Seeing Serena' stopped me dead in my tracks and amplified the pure inspiration and admiration I have towards this prodigy." — Carol Abady
By David Koepp
Whether you're a lover of sci-fi or you're looking to step out of your comfort zone, Aurora is among the best in the genre. The thriller tells of a global catastrophe and its impact on a suburban, midwestern family.
Koepp's writing, Abady noted, is nuanced and funny with just the right amount of fear factor.
The East End
By Jason Allen
Combine a family drama and murder mystery and set it in none other than the Hamptons, and you have "The East End." The story put Allen's name on the literary map and ensured his status as a promising upstart author.
Murder in First Position
By Lori Robbins
A must-read for any balletomane! This perfectly crafted and timeless story encompasses ballet, murder, mystery, and friendship. It's no wonder it has such high ratings on Amazon.
Where to Find Your Beach Read in The Hamptons
There are several places you can pick up these books (and many more) in the Hamptons.
In East Hampton, visit Bookhampton, located on Main Street. Along with selling popular books and stationery, the store hosts live readings and a weekly book club that anyone can join.
New to East Hampton Village this summer is the TASCHEN pop-up store. TASCHEN is a leading publisher known for beautiful, high-quality coffee table books spanning architecture, art, design, fashion, photography, pop culture, style, and travel. The East Hampton location is a venue for various exciting types of programming, such as artist talks, book signings, and launch events.
Westhampton Beach is home to Red Jacket Books. In addition to carrying some of the newest releases and more, the store has a weekly book club that is open to the public
Sag Harbor features two bookstores: Sag Harbor Books and Canio’s. You can browse the latest bestsellers and then some at Sag Harbor Books, and if you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path (and a few moments from the heart of Main Street), visit Canio’s to browse a selection of secondhand treasures and rare finds. Canio’s also hosts readings, poetry nights, and events.