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Rachel Recommends: 2019 Summer Edition

Posted over 2 years ago by Rachel S


It turns me upside down

Summer, summer, summer

It's like a merry go round

“Magic” by The Cars

Looking to try something new this summer? How about watching a movie you’ve never heard of, baking a ridiculous number of cookies or learning about dead presidents?

Check out my new list of recommendations while I shop online for a summer caftan in a breathable fabric.


The Endless Summer - a film by Bruce Brown

The Endless Summer

Surfer dudes follow the summer by finding righteous waves all over the southern hemisphere in this jocular, 1966 documentary.

The Way Way Back - movie written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

The Way Way Back

This movie is set in a water park and features Sam Rockwell. Is there really anything else you need to know? The title alone makes me think of summertime.

Growing up I spent most summer days with my cousins and the most coveted spot of my aunt’s Pinto station wagon was “the way back.”.

We rode like royalty through the bank drive-thru (free suckers!), the FULL-SERVICE gas station and basically anything else that didn’t require setting us loose on the world.

*Please do not ask about our behavior in grocery stores. We plead the 5th .


Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
Washington: A Life

I am feeding my presidential knowledge monster by listening to this audiobook by friend of TLCPL, Ron Chernow.

Spoiler: No cherry trees were harmed in this bio, but I did learn that our first POTUS was a bit of a clothes horse.

The perfect beach read!
Everything's Trash, But it's Okay by Phoebe Robinson
Everything's Trash, But it's Okay

I choose to listen, rather than read Phoebe’s books because hearing her verbalize her hashtags makes me laugh out loud. I also strive to better understand millennials and Phoebe knows how to put things in perspective.

Her Instagram is worth a follow as well.


Hello, Summer! by Shelley Rotner
Hello, Summer!

This bit of juvenile nonfiction conjures that very specific summertime feeling of upside-down Big Wheels, July at dusk, lightning bugs, porch swings, and late bedtimes.

The author has written a “Hello…” series based on each of the four seasons that would be excellent classroom tools or tranquil lap-sit reads.


Circe : a novel / Madeline Miller

Meet Circe, a mythological witch that has more power than anyone gives her credit for.

Watch out Athena, she’s got your number!
Daisy Jones & the Six : a novel / Taylor Jenkins Reid
Daisy Jones & The Six

This book made me feel like I was reading a VH1 Behind the Music episode.


Sally's cookie addiction : irresistible cookies, bars, shortbread, and more from the creator of Sally's baking addiction / Sally McKenney
Sally's Cookie Addiction

When I paged through this for the first time, I realized that I wanted to make and eat EVERYTHING in it. I immediately decided to set my unambitious nature aside and bake my way through this book.

I do plan to share my work if only to contribute to a mixture of delight and frustration among coworkers.

Update: I am four recipes in, and Sally does not disappoint.