Picking the best books for the beach is as important as packing the right sunblock—make the wrong choice and you’ll be paying for it all day. Or longer. Sure, Oprah’s Book Club may have been shelved (at least for the time being), but fear not. From Paris to a political thriller to a Pulitzer Prize winner, our friends at Books & Books in Westhampton Beach are ready to help you crack open the top beach reads for 2011.
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
Why we’re excited: Esteemed historian David McCullough never disappoints readers. Once again, McCullough brings historical figures to life with accuracy and sparkle as he takes us on a trip through the City of Lights and shows how Paris acted as a muse for multiple generations of American genius in areas such as art, medicine, literature, science, and politics.
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
Why we’re excited: The newest release from Erik Larson is as engrossing and fascinating a read as his New York Times bestselling The Devil in the White City. Larson’s book encompasses Hitler’s obsession with power, infighting among the Nazis, and a stunning recount of the infamous “Night of Long Knives”—all seen through the eyes of America’s beleaguered ambassador. A gripping political thriller that reads like fiction.
One Day by David Nicholls
Why we’re excited: A quick summer read, this moving love story isn’t too light or too heavy – making it perfect beach reading. This novel was a hardcore bestseller for Books & Books last summer, and the release of the movie this August is sure to draw in more readers for the paperback edition. We suggest you read the book before you watch the movie!
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Why we’re excited: This Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Jennifer Egan is peopled with fully realized characters, witty prose and a sweeping story about connections through time and space. Dying to know what “the goon squad” is? Read the book!
Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
Why we’re excited: Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love and Shanghai Girls. This is her first novel in two years, and it continues the story of the sisters May and Pearl from Shanghai Girls. Exploring the themes of maternal love and love of country, See delivers richly drawn characters and vivid storytelling.
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