Beach Reads 2010

Heading out to the beach to relax? (Even if it is just veranda beach!) Here are some recommendations for some entertaining summer reading. Enjoy!

When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris (814.54 S)
David Sedaris is considered one of the best, sharpest humorists writing today. This is his sixth collection of humorous and moving essays.

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erika Bauermeister (FIC Bauermeister)
A lovely and moving story of relationships, loss, redemption, and hope set in a cooking class.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (BIO Gilbert)
This spiritual memoir brims with humor, grace, and scorching honesty.

Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger (FIC Weisberger)
From the author of The Devil Wears Prada, a coming of age story about 3 best friends.

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee (FIC Lee)
In the sweeping tradition of The English Patient, a gripping tale of love and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong.

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti (FIC Tinti)
Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling.

How Tough Could It Be? by Austin Murphy (BIO Murphy)
Read about the trials and errors of a sports writer turned stay at home dad with two young children.

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (FIC Esquivel)
Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in tum-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (FIC Burns)
A timeless, funny, resplendent novel about romance and adolescence, and how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (SCI FI Card)
The Earth is under attack and the survival of the human species depends on a military genius who can defeat the alien “buggers.”

The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller (FIC Miller)
The story of two women — one at the beginning of her marriage, one in her later years — who live next door to each other.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (FIC Strout)
Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, tragedies, and joys.

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner (910.4 W)
Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author’s case, moments of “un-unhappiness.”

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad ( Y FIC Conrad)
Details the careers of two young women, Jane and Scarlett, who are offered the opportunity of a lifetime when they move to Los Angeles.

Relentless by Dean Koontz (FIC Koontz)
Bestselling author Cullen Cubby Greenwich is mortified when Shearman Waxx, the nation’s premier literary critic, savages his work.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Y FIC Collins)
In this riveting dystopia story of a fascist  and futuristic United States, rebellious districts are punished by the government with the annual Reaping.

Also check out these authors:

Candace Bushnell
Emily Giffin
Jane Green
Charlaine Harris
Sophie Kinsella
Alexander McCall Smith
Naomi Novik
Anita Shreve
Anne Tyler


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