Summer Reading List
Curated by our lovely friends over at McNally Jackson, we are excited to offer you our summer reading list! We believe this collection reflects the neighborhood of Williamsburg through a variety of different view points, perspectives, and the vacation mindset of the average William Vale guest. We wanted a mix of fiction and non fiction, best sellers, and books that also reflected the McNally Jackson brand. This list focuses on great quality literature, works in translation, and works that divert, unsettle, or recast the expected. They are compulsively readable but light in nature for all to enjoy. You can find them in our retail spaces both in our lobby and near Vale Pool. You can also purchase them online. Happy reading, book worms!
One Last Stop
A touching romance for anyone who has ever fancied someone on the subway. A perfect read for a sunny day by the pool, with the city skyline in the background.
City We Became
Of course Brooklyn legend NK Jemisin wrote a book about five strangers coming together to defend their city. Tender, gripping, and exciting, this book will have you wanting to dive into the multiverse that is New York City.
When No One Is Watching
Where do people go when they are pushed out of their neighborhoods by gentrification? This mystery/thriller follows two neighbors as they try to find out.
The Summer Book
It's right there in the title -- quite simply the perfect summer book.
Brief History of Seven Killings
An epic, thrilling novel about the assassination attempt on Bob Marley by Marlon James, Booker Prize-winner and noted Williamsburger.
A short glimmering essay for the longest day of the year, best read aloud to someone you love as you watch the sun set - easy to enjoy even if Daylight Savings is overturned.
Names of New York
Buff up on happy hour facts to impress whoever you are with - get answers to New Yorks most confounding place names (looking at you Dutchkills).
Why Fish Don't Exist
This sideways look at one of modern history's most prolific naturalists will whip you with plot twists and jaw dropping revelations. And when you finish the last page, expect to want to start it right over again.
Crying in H Mart
Prepare to call your mom and make a meal, feed your body and your soul. Pairs with the author's actual music (Japanese Breakfast).
For fans of WWII history, starcrossed lovers, and women in pants.