Summer Reading: Top Picks by The New Tropic

July 14, 2016admin

Remember the long list of age-old classics you were required to “read” over summer vacation? It may have been a frantic cliff notes situation the week before school began for some of us, but for others, it was a treasure hunt into pure literary gold. I for one looked forward to laze the sunny days away with a masterpiece between my hands. Reading is a multi-sensory experience where you can learn a lot about a person based on their top selections. We’ve asked a few of Miami’s brightest minds what their favorite reads are and where they like to escape around the city with a good book in hand, embarking on our newest blog series: Summer Reading (“had me a blaaAast”).

By now you know The New Tropic are great friends of ours, and their intellectual opinions aren’t taken lightly here at Prism. We asked the team what some of their most cherished cannons have been and where they bring them to unwind in Miami. Take a look:

Chris Adamo – Director, Business Development

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuck

Where he reads: Plane-side on one of his many traveling adventures.


Bruce Pinchbeck – V.P., Creative

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

Where he reads: “I read on the beach but you can only do that for so long in the summer without melting. A lot of the time I actually listen to audio books when I walk my dog, Zuko, the fire prince.”

Rebekah Monson – Co-Founder

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman: “A dark and twisty tale of the terribly intense — and sometimes intensely terrible — friendships of teen girls. Think Heathers meets Gone Girl set to a Nirvana soundtrack.”

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories By Lucia Berlin: “Funny, fierce, heartbreaking and full of impeccably crafted characters, places and moments, reading Lucia Berlin’s collection made me wish I could write worth a damn.”

Down the Darkest Street by Alex Segura: “If you love a good mystery, follow struggling PI Pete Fernandez as he chases down another “only-in-Miami” crime in this fast-paced noir novel that hits a lot of your local haunts.”

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: “This 36-year-old neurosurgeon seized the moment of his stage IV lung cancer diagnosis to write a memoir that is simultaneously one of the most devastating and inspiring things I’ve ever read.”

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “Adapted from the author’s TEDx talk, this short essay is a persuasive, clever and common-sense explanation of why we all deserve and should fight for gender equality.”

Where she reads: “I read a lot and I read everywhere, but some of my favorite spots are on the Metrorail, on the porch at PAMM and in my hammock under the avocado tree in my backyard.”


Isis Miller – Community Manager

Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed: “This collection of poems are, for me, an homage to black womanhood, in all its strength and vulnerability. Words like wounds bleed on the pages and will render you suddenly feeling emotions in your bones. The perfect backdrop for this experience is a quiet place in nature. A porch on a cool day, the beach at dawn, in the shade of a tree in your favorite park.”

M Train by Patti Smith: “This book is as close as most of us will ever get to having a glimpse into the life of the legendary artist, rebel, poet, and goddess, Patti Smith. It is only right then that this book be read at some quaint little cafe over a croissant and cappuccino. I strongly recommend Buena Vista Deli for this one. You will feel transported to another time and place.”

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin: “Baldwin was a man ahead of his time, fearless in his portrayal of society’s outsiders, namely gay black men in this particular case. Here we have a story of love, violence, and passion set to the scene of 1950’s Paris. Baldwin reads like poetry and drinks like wine. My favorite place to take him in is the PAMM. After a day of taking in art, have a glass of wine from Verde and enjoy.”

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche: “A story of a young Nigerian woman who emigrate to the U.S. for education and remains to build a life. It is a story of the struggle of race, identity, tragedy, and love told by a master storyteller. Because I couldn’t put this one down, I read it everywhere. But I found it best for commuting. The bus, tri rail, long uber rides, whatever the case may be. This one is one you’ll want on hand.”

Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates: “This is the most brilliant book I’ve read in a very long time. I have purchased it roughly 5 times because I continue to give it away to people because I believe it should be required reading for everyone. (Toni Morrison happens to agree with me on this one). It is a grappling with the author’s own past, our current state of the world, and a vision of the future. Almost every sentense is a punch to the gut. I do not recommend reading this one in public, as the first time I attempted to do, found myself in tears at my favorite Thai restaurant. Read this one at home, with your stiff drink of choice, and an open heart. It will forever change you.”