Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Beach Books, Beach Books, Beach Books

Beach Books, Beach Books, Beach Books, Beach Books, Beach Books, Beach Books, Beach Books, Beach Books, Beach Books

It is officially summer. Many are still obsessed with the World Cup, others with vacations, staycations, the hot weather, swimming, but all, hopefully, who are reading this blog want to know what’s hot on the library shelves.

Here are some tips to take to the beach or just outside to your lawn chair:

Cover image for The husband's secret / Liane Moriarty.The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.  Chick lit of the highest caliber, it's about three women and the secret that haunts the entire book. It’s a page turner and I literally gasped when I found out what the secret was and who it involved. Takes place in Australia but it could be anywhere. If it doesn't become a movie, then I will be very surprised. Put a reserve on this title now while the queue is short!

Cover image for The Rosie project / Graeme Simsion.The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.  Ok, this one is also chick lit and also takes place in Australia. (Is there a pattern developing?) A college professor with definite social problems, whose personality lies somewhere on the autism spectrum, decides it is time to take a wife. He makes a list of characteristics he wants for a mate and develops a questionnaire. Of course (who could have predicted) he falls for the woman who has none of the qualities he wants. Perfect for fans of Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory.  I could actually picture him as I read the book. This one will definitely become a movie as apparently it was written with the big screen in mind. It’s a quick light read as you’re lounging in the sun.

Cover image for Sycamore row / John Grisham.Do I have to mention the newest John Grisham? Well yes I do. I stopped reading them for a while but since Sycamore Row is a sort of sequel to A Time To Kill, which was, in my opinion, his best book, I thought I would take a chance. It follows attorney Jake Brigance, three years after the big trial. His house was burned by the KKK and he and his family is living in a too small apartment waiting for the insurance company to come through with the promised money for a new home. He needs money and he needs clients. And one pops into his lap by way of a handwritten will, written days before the gentleman in question hanged himself. He leaves almost all of his fortune to his African American maid and none to his family. Everyone has “lawyered” up and the fun is about to begin. A movie? Probably…I can picture Matthew McConaughey as I read this.

Cover image for The snow queen / Michael Cunningham.And now for something completely different: Michael Cunningham’s exquisite new novel The Snow Queen. Full disclosure—I haven’t finished it but I am enthralled by the prose. Barrett is love struck, dropped by his latest boyfriend and walking through Central Park when he is caught in a celestial something. He doesn't know what it is but describes it as God winking at him. No one sees it and he muses to himself on its significance. He lives with his brother Tyler and a friend, Beth, who is suffering from cancer. Cunningham writes with stunning liquidity shifting from character to character without pausing. Set in a tiny apartment in Brooklyn, he brings the apartment and Brooklyn alive. Read this when you have time to ponder. But read it. Here's an interview with Cunningham!

Cover image for Habits of the house / Fay Weldon.
Back to chick lit and for those who are missing Downton Abbey: Fay Weldon, whose tongue lays firmly in her cheek has written a wonderful trilogy, Habits of the House (the series title and first in the trilogy) which begins in late 1899 and follows the fortunes and lack thereof of the Dilberne family, complete with the Earl and Countess and their two grown children. There are money problems, matches to be made and mistresses to be dealt with as the world is charging into the 20th century. This Upstairs Downstairs read-alike (Weldon wrote the first episode of Upstairs Downstairs) is a hoot to read and to listen to.

For more exciting suggestions for the summer, check out our Readers'  Cafe.

And for even more recommendations: New York Public Library's Adult Summer Reading

Enjoy, keep cool. and have a wonderful summer!

Lisa N.

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