Summer in the Hamptons is all about variety, being able to sample the best of everything. This week’s summer reading rundown from our friends at Books & Books in Westhampton Beach embraces that spirit to the fullest, from a thriller exposing the dark side of New York City politics to a lighthearted take on why dragons love tacos, a new James Patterson page-turner and even a mysterious new incarnation for Fancy Nancy!
Night Watch by Linda Fairstein
As former head of the sex crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Linda Fairstein is adored by her fans for her ability to expertly combine ripped-from-the-headlines plots with an honest, gritty depiction of New York City. Her latest thriller, Night Watch, is no different. In her 14th Alexandra Cooper novel, a maid at the Eurotel hotel in Soho claims the distinguished French West African leader of the World Economic Bureau assaulted her. Fairstein takes us into the dark underbelly of New York City’s hidden secrets and politics, and keeps us on the edge of our seats until the very end! Don’t miss the chance to meet the New York Times bestselling author when she joins Books & Books for a book reading and signing on July 20th at 4 p.m.!
I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett’s lifelong friend Hughie McDonough dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City—and to get revenge on Michael Bennett. A no-holds-barred, pedal-to-the-floor, action-packed novel, I, Michael Bennett is James Patterson at his most personal and most thrilling best.
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Finally, the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches is here! Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont find themselves in Elizabethan London—a world of spies, subterfuge and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season. We think it’s even better than the first!
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, now a New York Times bestseller, begins from Auggie’s point of view but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion and acceptance.
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
This scrumptious read-aloud has a whole lot of kick! Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa, oh, boy…. This is an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.
Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor
Nancy Clancy is growing up and ready for a whole new adventure…in her chapter book debut! Nancy and her best friend, Bree, have everything they need to solve a mystery, from their totally professional trench coats to their top-secret code. But when crime strikes in their classroom, will these super sleuths be able to crack the case? Find out in the glamorous start to an all-new chapter book series featuring everyone’s favorite fancy girl!
Check out these books and more great summer reading picks at Books & Books, 130 Main Street in Westhampton Beach. Call 631-998-3260 or visit online at booksandbookswhb.com.