Your Literary Guide to Summer Travel Destinations

Summer is just around the corner. If you like to read and are still making travel plans for this summer, here is a list of new and forthcoming books to inspire wonderful summer traveling and reading.

Cape Cod:

Summer of ‘69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Publication Date: June 18, 2019

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Pages: 432

Little over an hour’s drive from Boston, Cape Cod has always been a popular summertime travel destination with its beautiful beaches, classic lighthouses, and seafood shacks. The weather is mild even during the summer season. Making sand castle, eating homemade ice creams, rubbing sunscreens into your skin…If those sound like summer must-haves to you, Cape Cod is no doubt a good choice.

If you need a book to read on the beach, then try Elin Hilderbrand’s new book Summer of ‘69 that tells the story of a family’s tumultuous summer of 1969 at the grandmother’s historical home in Nantucket, an island off Cape Cod. Far from a carefree summer at the beach, the Levin children all had their own problems that they had to deal with on their own; Blair is pregnant; Kirby is caught up in the civil rights protests; Tiger is deployed to Vietnam… Summer of ‘69 could be an exciting read that takes you on a nostalgia trip.


Lost and Found in Spain: Tales of an Ambassador’s Wife by Susan Lewis Solomont

Publication Date: March 26, 2019

Publisher: Disruption Books

Pages: 276

Join the running of bulls, lounge on the Costa del Sol, visiting Gaudi’s spectacular architecture, try the authentic paellas… If any of these sounds fascinating to you, then book your flight tickets to Spain this summer. Spain has been a popular foreign traveling destination and especially good to visit during the summer. Besides, its many tourist attractions, Spain is also a relatively inexpensive place to travel.

If you happen to be interested in life as a foreigner in Spain or needs traveling advice, Lost and Found in Spain is an interesting read to learn about Spain from the perspective of a US Ambassador’s wife. Susan’s husband, Alan Solomont was appointed the US Ambassador to Spain and Andorra in 2008. Lost and Found in Spain is her autobiography documenting her four years, alongside her husband, living in Madrid in a diplomatic household. As she was forced to leave her job, Susan started a journey of discovery in Spain, including culinary adventures with Spain’s greatest chefs, branding strategies for Spanish olive growers, and helping her husband with a stronger diplomatic relationship with Spain.


On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Publication Date: June 4, 2019

Publisher: Penguin Press

Pages: 256

Vietnam may not come to mind first for many people when thinking about travel destinations. Nevertheless, Vietnam could be an exciting summer destination with its staggering natural beauty, exotic local cuisine, and complex history. Popular places to visit in Vietnam include Hoi An, Sa Pa, Halong Bay, and Phong Nha.

Ocean Vuong’s debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is probably one of the most anticipated books of the year and an insightful introduction to the complex history and traditions of modern Vietnam. The book is a letter from a son to his mother who cannot read. The letter starts with their family history in Vietnam and leads to hidden secrets and stunning revelations. Besides being a convoluted mother-son story, it is also a candid discussion of class, race, art, and masculinity. The author Ocean Vuong was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and immigrated to the US with his family at a young age. He is the author of the acclaimed poetry collections Night Sky with Exit Wounds.


The Vexations by Caitlin Horrocks

Publication Date: July 30, 2019

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Pages: 464

I don’t think you need me to tell you why you should visit France during the summer. France has forever been an attraction to travelers all around the world. Having received the reputation “City of Art”, Paris has been the center of many arts for centuries. And in Caitlin Horrocks’s debut novel The Vexations, we could get a glimpse into the life of the eccentric French composer Erik Satie and the Parisian art scene in the early 20th century through his closest friends, family, and lovers. Even if you are not planning to travel, you would be tempted by the madness of the artistic world delivered through liveliness of Horrocks’ language.

Russian Far East/Alaska

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Publication Date: May 14, 2019

Publisher: Knopf

Page Number: 272

While the Kamchatka Peninsula, where the story actually takes place is difficult for most people to locate on the map, Other places in the Russian Far East and Alaska are more popular summer travel destinations with similar geographies and landscapes. In these areas during the summer, you will enjoy surprisingly pleasant weather, the awe-inspiring natural sights and maybe 20 hours of daylight.

On the Kamchatka Peninsula, the remote northeastern tip of Russia, this story begins when two sisters go missing. The story then revolves around the lives of the characters after the abduction and during the investigations. The book deals with the subtle racial tension from the small but racially diverse population. In addition, the story introduces us to the extraordinary natural beauties unique to the northern land, such as forests, tundras, and volcanos.