Books for the Beach Bag

Summer’s a fabulous time to read a great book.

Whether you are headed to the beach, relaxing in the backyard or passing the hours at a Little League game, summer’s relaxed state makes it a perfect time to dive into a book. Here are a few great suggestions for summer:


100x143JuneJulybook 1Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

Marriage. Tragedy. Affairs. Addiction. Divorce. Disaster. Sounds like a summer read. If you enjoy richly detailed characters and engaging storylines, pick up Anshaw’s latest.




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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

This hotly anticipated and humorous memoir from Quindlen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author, is perfect for any mid-lifer who may be doing a little contemplating of her own.




100x143JuneJulybook 3The Lion is In by Delia Ephron

If a good dose of witty dialogue from girls on the run is your thing, make sure you pick up Ephron’s latest effort—the tale of a runaway bride, an alcoholic and a minister’s wife and their confrontation with life’s challenges when they meet Marcel the Lion. Really.




100x143JuneJulybook 4Calico Joe by John Grisham

A fine beach read for the guys or Cubs fans—a fictional tale, told through flashbacks, of what happens after a rising star is beaned and his career is over. Of course, it had be someone from the Mets that took him out. Curses!




100x143JuneJulybook 5Innocent by Scott Turow

Rusty, Rusty, Rusty … when are you going to learn to keep it in your pants? A sequel to Turow’s thriller “Presumed Innocent,” Rusty Sabich has moved from the D.A.’s office to the bench—and now the judge has another dead body on his hands—that of his wife, Barbara. Did he or didn’t he? You’ll have to read to find out.



100x143JuneJulybook 6Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

Lawson had me at her chapter title, “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband.” Summer is a great time to catch up on self-deprecating humor and this memoir from the Internet’s “Bloggess” fits the bill.




100x143JuneJulybook 7Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster

This book’s full title? “Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult’s Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It’s Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner.” No, no, no, Jen. Froot Loops make a great dinner. It’s the Cocoa Puffs you need to ditch.

You can find these books and more at just about any of the North Shore’s independent bookstores. See our Better List for a few great options.

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