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Disconnection Reading List with Books are Magic

There’s nothing quite like nestling in at one of our tiny cabins, looking out that big glass window, and diving into your next favorite read.

We tapped our friends at Books Are Magic, a Brooklyn institution and frequent pitstop of many members of our New York team, to give their recommendations for what to read on your unplugged Getaway.

Best yet, we’re giving away this full reading list, along with a 2 night Getaway, to one lucky winner. More details on the contest below.

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How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
Addressing the tyranny of competing forces vying for our time, our attention, and our “productivity,” Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing is part memoir, part activist manual, part field guide for, you guessed it, how to truly turn off (our phones), tune in (to our environments), and drop out (of the capitalist narrative). When work and social schedules and the digital overlords peddling in the guise of entertainment and human connection begin to rule our “off the clock” brains, it is an act of radical preservation to resist these impulses. Odell’s book is hopeful and genuinely instructful, written with a clarity and compassion that are rare to find together. 

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
Set in one of the most remote parts of the planet, Disappearing Earth takes place in the year following the disappearance of two young girls in a far eastern Russian province, weaving together the stories of women from the surrounding community. A finalist for the National Book Award, it’s a gorgeous novel that begs to be read alone, tucked away by a crackling fire somewhere.

Nature Poem by Tommy Pico
If any of these books need a little explanation, it’s probably this collection of poems by Tommy Pico. Don’t be fooled by the title, it’s clear from the outset these poems are not your average nature poems. In some ways this is actually a great book to include for any adventure into the natural world for its conversations around the idea of “nature poems,” and challenging the stereotypical notions of American Indian people. Pico is an ingeniously funny poet, using pop culture and inventive language to explore queerness and identity that will enrapture and inspire. 

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay
Keeping in the tradition of contemplative poetry, Ross Gay’s Book of Delights is a spirited cultivation of observations that celebrate the minute, sometimes invisible moments of joy in daily life. These bite size essays are lyrical, wide-ranging, and create an intimacy that poets are so good at creating. Like a gardener tending their plot, this book helps us remember that sometimes the most important and life-giving moments are also the ones that are right beneath our feet. 

How to Get Away by Jon Staff and Pete Davis
Written by Getaway’s Founders, this book considers our troubled relationship with technology, organization, and work. When and why have we become so dependent on our cell phones? How do green spaces – and the lack of them – affect our minds, bodies, and relationships? Why is it so hard for us to set aside our work and take a real vacation? How to Get Away blends cultural history with contemporary research to present a compelling case for restoring balance between technology and disconnection, city and nature, and work and leisure.

One lucky winner will receive all of the books listed above as well as some Books Are Magic goodies. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow Getaway and Books are Magic on Instagram
  2. Comment on our post by tagging a friend
  3. One winner will be chosen on October 29

Full terms and conditions are below.

(1) This contest is sponsored by Getaway House, 147 Prince Street, Brooklyn NY 11201.
(2) The retail value of the prize is $500.
(3) No purchase is necessary.
(4) Purchase does not enhance odds of winning.
(5) Entrants submit their entry by following Getaway and Books are Magic on Instagram, and commenting on the Books Are Magic-related Getaway post by tagging a friend.
(6) Winner will receive a free 2 night stay at one of our Outposts as well as the books noted in the reading list.
(7) This contest is affiliated solely with Books Are Magic.
(8) Winners are subject to the reservation terms on our website.
(9) No transportation will be provided.
(10) This contest is open to all persons age 18 and over within the continental United States.

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Getaway Presents: BookSparks’s Winter Must-Reads

In our modern over-stimulated world, we believe it’s important to take time to disconnect from our screens and recharge. Being sucked in by a good read is a great way take a break from your phone.

Every Getaway cabin comes with a selection of books, but just in case you want to bring your own, our friends at BookSparks shared with us their list of winter must-reads. Whether  you prefer memoirs or thrillers, this list has the perfect book for you to curl up with when it’s chilly outside.

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

The Night Olivia Fell

In this heartbreaking new thriller from Christina McDonald, a mother is forced to come to terms with her daughter’s near-death encounter, while tracking down the truth about what happened to her. Abi has been told that her daughter attempted to take her own life, but when she finds suspicious bruises on Olivia’s wrists, she refuses to accept the police’s explanation. Things get more dire when Abi finds out that her daughter is not only brain dead, but pregnant, with doctors keeping Olivia on life support to keep the baby alive. Racing against the clock to find out the truth, Abi’s finding will reveal an evil truth no mother should ever have to face.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

The perfect winter read for Game of Thrones fans, Marlon James’s new novel brings readers a masterful mashup of fantasy, history and folklore. Tracker is a hunter who has always insisted on working by himself, but when he’s armed with a rag-tag search team and given the task of finding a young boy who has been missing for three years, he’ll come to find that this job will be unlike any he’s ever embarked on before. With the appearance of deadly creatures and deep-rooted secrets, Tracker realizes that finding the boy could mean life or death for him and his entire group.

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

Night Tiger

Two young and ambitious souls find themselves on a thrilling new journey in The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. Ji Lin will do anything to help pay back her mom’s debts and when she finds an unsettling item in the dance hall where she works, it sends her on the kind of adventure she has always craved. Meanwhile, 11-year-old Ren is doing his best to track down an item from his late master. As Ji Lin and Ren’s paths collide, they’ll learn the true devastation of love and the hope that can bloom in even the darkest of places.  

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

A mysterious and intriguing illness plagues the pages of this new release by New York Times bestselling author, Karen Thompson Walker. When a young college student finds that her roommate won’t wake up no matter how hard she tries, it becomes a case for doctors who can’t seem to get to the bottom of the mystery. As more and more people fall victim to this disturbing illness, everyone goes into survival mode, doing what they can to avoid the sickness. But as doctors monitor those who have been affected, they soon realize that their brain function is consistently increasing leaving everyone to wonder what the victims are dreaming about.

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land

If you’re a memoir fan and haven’t picked up Maid by Stephanie Land yet, it’s time to add it to your Amazon cart. This touching true story follows the life and trying times of a young mother who did everything she could to get by and provide a full life for her daughter. Leaving the idea of college and becoming a full-time writer behind, she took to working as a maid and taking as many classes as she could at night to further her journalism dreams. Through heartwrenching dedication and harrowing experiences, Land learned what it really means to be part of the working class in the United States. In this new memoir, Land details the horrors of trying to get by in America—a story that not many are brave enough to tell.

Grab your favorite read, curl up, and lose time in its pages. The best place to do just that is right here at Getaway.

For Your Free Time

Weekend Getaway Summer Reading List

According to a recent study, about a quarter of American adults claimed to not have read a book (either in whole or part) this past year. This decline in reading is likely in large part due to smartphone usage and our attention economy—it’s harder than ever to keep focused when there are an infinite number of notifications and new photos that pop up to distract us.

Novels especially have the unique ability to transport a reader to other worlds, allowing a ‘getaway’ without going anywhere at all.

Reading can be a form of deep focus and escape. Novels especially have the unique ability to transport a reader to other worlds, allowing a ‘getaway’ without going anywhere at all.

As the days stretch out during summer, it’s the perfect season to set aside some time to read, just for fun. We compiled a list of recommended summer reads from our team. Enjoy them on your weekends, off-time, or in one of our tiny cabins. If you book an escape during June, you’ll be entered to win the full list. We’ll select one winner randomly and announce at the end of June.


The Paris Wife by Paula McLain“A fictionalized telling of Ernest Hemingway’s marriage to Hadley Richardson, his first wife. The book transports the reader to the 1920s and gives a fascinating account of Hadley and Ernest’s life together. It’s emotional and heartbreaking and anyone who has been in a difficult relationship (which is everyone, let’s be honest) can relate to it on some level.”
-Lisa, Getaway Boston


Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner—“A beautifully written novel, but much less dense than his Pulitzer winning Angle of Repose. It’s about a young couple making their way in the world, and there’s a great Getaway-like setting that’s woven into the story from beginning to end.”
-Emma, Design



The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson —“A totally nuts, true story that highlights humankind’s obsession with nature and our sometimes unhealthy urge to capture it for ourselves. Read this if you want to learn more than you wanted to know about feathers while also being thoroughly entertained with a true crime story.”
-Jon, Founder + CEO


All My Friends Are Superheros by Andrew Kaufman—“This is a quirky, somewhat heartbreaking, funny and short read—easy to read from start to finish in one afternoon. It’s full of astute observations on human nature: what makes us special and what makes us endearingly human”.
-Cyrena, Marketing



Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie—I read this for the first time this winter and it was a wonderful adventure. I instantly understood why it was a classic. This book would be the most fun to devour one afternoon in a tiny cabin! “
-Rachel, Marketing



The Wonder Trail, True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World by Steve Hely—“Goofy yet inspiring tale of a race around the world  with an underlying current that encourages you to slow down and truly experience experiences.”
-Steve, Real Estate 


The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down By Colin Woodard —“This is a great, medium-length read that delves into the history of the REAL Pirates of the Caribbean! If you’re new to the pirate world, this book is filled with explanations of common pirate terms like, “sloop” and, “booty”. It was really eye-opening to hear the true story of these real pirates, how they operated before the colonies were paid any attention to, and how they were eventually brought to justice. This is a really interesting non-fiction read and it goes by quite quickly too.”
-Zach, Technology

The Gift by Lewis Hyde—“A beautiful reflection on the difference between exchange culture and gift culture. Made me rethink art, relationships, and community.”
-Pete, Co-Founder



Malice by Keigo Higashino—“This novel was an Edgar Award Finalist and an international bestseller, and I’m a huge mystery fan. It’s a great mystery novel to read in a Getaway cabin because it’s not creepy or scary, but still thrilling. I can’t really say it better than the Wall Street Journal: “Keigo Higashino combines Dostoyevskian psychological realism with classic detective-story puzzles reminiscent of Agatha Christie and E.C. Bentley.”
-Lauren, Real Estate


Happy reading! Let us know what your favorite summer reads are — share photos with us #getawayoften or email us at [email protected].