Introducing Chico’s Book Club

Our Summer Book Club Pick

One Italian Summer
by Rebecca Serle

Rebecca Serle’s next great love story is here — a moving and unforgettable exploration of the powerful bond between mother and daughter set on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.

With her signature “heartbreaking, redemptive, and authentic” prose, Serle has crafted a transcendent novel about how we move on after loss, and how the people we love never truly leave us.

Purchase a copy here.

In-Person Events

We’re hosting events in our boutiques—chat about the book and enjoy a fashion show of looks inspired by our featured novel.

Find an in-person book club meet-up near you!

See Rebecca Serle Live!

On June 22 at 12 p.m. PT, Rebecca Serle author of One Italian Summer will do a live a in-store talk at Chico’s Commons at Calabasas!

You can participate in this in-person event where Serle will chat with the audience about her career, the inspiration for her book, the characters from her book, and Chico’s looks that are inspired by her book and its characters. Plus, you’ll find out what’s next for the bestselling author!

If you can’t make it in person, tune into the Chico’s Instagram account to get the highlights from Serle’s in-store appearance.

Want to get your friends together? Here’s what you need to lead your own book club.

Are you currently reading our summer book club pick?

Tell us what you think! We always love to hear from you.

The Looks for Your Books

You have the book, now… the outfit to go with it. Want feel-good fashion for those curl-up-with-a-good-book moments? Start here.

Planning on a vacay? Pack these along with your page-turner.  

About the Author

Rebecca Serle

Rebecca Serle is the New York Times bestselling author of In Five YearsThe Dinner List, and the young adult novels The Edge of Falling and When You Were Mine.

Serle also developed the hit TV adaptation Famous in Love, based on her YA series of the same nameShe is a graduate of USC and The New School and lives in Los Angeles. Find out more at

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37 Responses

  1. Mary

    Great choice for the book club. I read it last year, and because I love Paris and am a retired librarian, it was a most magical book for me.

    1. Susan

      I just finished this book…what a great find! Lots of history, a bit of romance (but not over the top), strong women with tender hearts. Chicos, you hit it out of the park with this as the kick-off book for the book club!

  2. Ann Webster

    I loved reading this book! The characters are so real, the situations they find themselves in bring home once again what horrors the world faced with the Second World War. For many years I was incredibly busy and only read mysteries, a few nonfiction books, but now I have the time to delve into literature again, what a blessing!

    1. Meryl Surgan

      I agree that reading about the war from the librarian and Parisienne citizen perspective was enlightening. But we can’t forget the parallel story of Lilly. I think Lilly and Odile saved each other

  3. Tammy witt

    I’m halfway through the book and find it easy to read a chapter when I have a few minutes. Haven’t gotten into the depth of things yet but am enjoying getting to know the characters

  4. Wendy Scott

    This was a 5 Star read for me and I think it was a great choice for Chico’s to begin their book club. In the book the author describes Odile’s love of books and libraries as “…more than bricks and books; it’s mortar was people who cared.” Isn’t that Chico’s desire, to care about the fashion choices we make? Chico’s believes in the power of fashion as Odile believed in the power of books. I see a connection.

  5. Tammy Witt

    I finished the book last night and I enjoyed it but wish there had a little more depth in some of the characters. You never really met her husband or son and I felt myself at times wondering if the child was her husband’s or did she get pregnant by Paul and not know about it.

    Her friend in Chicago, I felt was a random person that we knew nothing about.. While she did know what happened to her comrades at the Library whatever happened to her family and Paul. Of course she wouldn’t know if they came looking for her but with her father and Paul being in the the positions that they were she should have been able to find out.

    Left a lot of unanswered questions>

  6. Monique

    I loved this book. Not only was there history in the story it gave a glimpse into the lives of the people that work in a library. It was absolutely fabulous. I enjoyed every page of this beautifully written story.

  7. Carolyn

    Just finished the book. Loved it! Sharing the book with a co-worker. Interesting how the two ladies saved each other in their own way……

  8. Mary Beth

    I loved the book! I love historical fiction books especially when they have strong female characters in them. I found this book very enlightening and well researched and really enjoyed reading it! Thank you so much for starting this book club! I love to read and I look forward to the next book club suggestion!

  9. Great blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really love to be a part of online community where I can get responses from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!

  10. Barb

    I just got the book and love it so far! I feel like I’m perched on a terrace on the Amalgi coast enjoying a cappuccino in my white linen Chico’s dress! I’m very excited about the book club!

  11. Marjorie

    I just completed the audio version of “One Italian Summer” a few days ago. The premise of the story is really good, but I feel there would have been more enjoyment in reading this story. The narrator’s voice detracted yet I kept listening to realize the understanding the main character would gain. The author’s description of places in Italy was right on and brought back good memories for me.

  12. Pat McCleve

    So I just learned about this new book club part of Chicos. Can anyone give me more ino? Is the event for One Italian Summer over? What is next?

  13. Pat

    I want to join this group too. But when did it start? Has the discussions already taken place? WIll there be more books? So excited because this book looks great.

  14. I read the book when It fist came out months ago. Great Book. I have already
    passed it on to friends. Never knew about this book club. I am a ferious reader.
    keep meposted

  15. Eileen

    I read this book while on vacation , when I finished it I gave it to my sister and then she in turn gave it to our younger sister we were in Barbados for 10 days and all 3 of us read it
    It was great a good beach read

  16. Scarlett

    I just finished reading the book. It is one I looked forward to picking up each day to read this delightfully intricate story unfold!

  17. Lillian L Deitzer

    Really enjoyed reading this book. So glad I watched the Chico’s video and learned about the book club.

  18. Claudia Cornett

    One Italian Summer didn’t hold up well in our discussion. Participants cited poor writing as the mani issue. Too bad! After the precious more substantial book (THE PARIS LIBRARY) , we were disappointed with this pick and wondered how it was chosen. The book didn’t mesh with our image of Chicos as a purveyor of playfully sophisticated clothes.

    Suggestion: Solicit recommended books from participants.

  19. Carole Thompson

    One Italian Summer is really mostly a beach read. The group I met with in Ohio were not really fond of the book even though the leader of the discussion did a great job with the material she had to work with. It felt like the author was targeting her young adult fans. As you know, Chicos target market is middle age and older women. Your first book choice was much better. We are serious readers and even though this was the summer meeting, we really wanted more than a beach read…

  20. Jane Kerley

    Just finished the book. It was a great read; thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next Chico’s book selection.

  21. Karen

    I just finished reading One Italian Summer. I thought it was a very good book, I enjoyed reading it. It was quite a surprise to me the way she found her mother and all, going back in time it was just really surprising to me. Not everybody is going to like the same books, but I liked this one.

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