Summer is the time for beach reads, and we want to offer some suggestions. A search for books that have “beach” in their title or index yields some obvious choices like:
Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews introduces us to movie-location-scout Greer Hennessey as she finds the perfect undeveloped Florida coast town for a demanding director’s current shoot. But the town’s mayor, Eben Thinadeaux, who is also a real-estate agent, environmental engineer, grocery-store owner, and motel co-manager, isn’t too keen on Hollywood taking over sleepy Cypress Key. Greer must find a way to balance her growing love for Eben and Cypress Key with choices that may well make or break her career.
Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. Colgan’s (Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe; The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris) latest chick lit offering drops readers into the world of Polly Waterford. With a bankrupt business and an ex-boyfriend in her rear mirror, Polly moves to a dilapidated flat far away from the yuppie lifestyle she used to revere. Life in Polbearne, a Cornish tidal town, isn’t perfect, but Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: baking bread. The bread not only nourishes her soul but also the townsfolk, and when tragedy strikes, the town pulls together like never before and Polly is faced with her toughest challenge yet.
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On the move: a memoir by Oliver Sacks features a chapter on Muscle Beach. During an internship at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco, Sacks fell in love with the lifestyle and landscape, buying a motorcycle and taking to the road every chance he had. “By day I would be the genial, white-coated Dr. Oliver Sacks,” he recalls, “but at nightfall I would exchange my white coat for my motorbike leathers, and, anonymous, wolf-like rove the streets or mount the sinuous curves of Mount Tamalpais.” Sacks loved clinical medicine, vividly evoking his observations and investigations in Awakenings (1973), Seeing Voices (1989), and An Anthropologist on Mars (1995). The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1985) made the New York Times bestseller list and, to his surprise, catapulted him to fame.
Panic in a suitcase by Yelena Akhtiorskaya, The Nasmertovs are a dysfunctional family of Soviet emigres who have settled in the oceanside enclave of Brighton Beach. Told from the intimate perspective of an insider, this exhilarating, hilarious first novel captures the bustling commotion of the immigrant experience.