Shark Week 2011 is upon us, and we can’t wait to see those great whites and other denizens of the deep doing their thing. Our friends at Books & Books in Westhampton Beach are getting in the spirit with The Sharks of North America, just one of five fantastic reads they’re recommending to add to your summer reading list. There’s also a novel of style and romance in the Hamptons, a ghost story from the swamps and a tale of terror and survival on Mount Rainier. We’re pretty sure there aren’t any sharks up there.
The Sharks of North America by Jose I. Castro
This is the authoritative guide to the sharks of North America. Biologist Jose I. Castro gives a lively and comprehensive account of the 135 species living within 500 miles of North America’s coasts. All of the stunning color illustrations have been painted directly from Castro’s photographs. This beautifully illustrated book is sure to become the standard reference on sharks for the 21st century.
Lovehampton by Sherri Rifkin
Tori Miller is reentering the social scene after two years of wallowing following an awful breakup. Her frustrated friends Jeremy, Jimmy and Alice sign her up as the first subject of a new makeover show. The transformed Tori then joins a summer share in the Hamptons and becomes too comfortable with the glam lifestyle—but she soon realizes her socialite behavior is jeopardizing her true friendships, her floundering production company and the opportunity for real relationships. An irresistible beach read with style, substance and romance.
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
New in paperback this week, Russell’s lavishly imagined and spectacularly crafted first novel follows 13-year-old Ava on an epic journey to the Underworld to save her older sister, who has fallen in love with the ghost of a young man. Sound a bit strange? It is—but Russell’s powers as a writer and storyteller bring the characters, and the swamp, to life. Ravishing and brilliantly inquisitive, this archetypal swamp saga tells a mystical tale of three innocents who come of age through trials of water, fire and air.
The Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff
An ambitious novel that spans decades and continents, The Things We Cherished tells the story of Charlotte Gold and Jack Harrington, two fiercely independent attorneys who find themselves slowly falling for each other while working to defend the brother of a Holocaust hero against allegations of World War II–era war crimes. Rich in historical detail, Jenoff’s astonishing new work is a testament to true love under the worst of circumstances.
The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan
Few can imagine the terror of falling 80 feet into a bottomless abyss or the horror of losing a climbing partner in the process; even fewer could survive. Jim Davidson not only survives, he lives to tell the tale and to honor his fallen friend. Spare, vivid, and honest storytelling make this book a gripping and touching adventure account.