May 13, 2015

Five Reads For Summer 2015

It’s finally beach weather, and whether you’ll be spending summer by the sea or not, there is no vacation like getting lost in a good book. 

Here are five perfect beach reads to escape into this summer:

God Help The Child by Toni Morrison 
Acclaimed author Toni Morrison is known for her poignant Deep South stories, including Beloved and The Bluest Eye. Her latest novel, though, is the first to be set in the current day. Despite the change in setting, God Help The Child is another example of Morrison’s compelling narrative and soulful prose. Bride is a beautiful and confident young woman with striking blue-black skin. Despite her success, the effects of her loveless childhood with her light-skinned mother continue to plague her. As Bride struggles to accept her past, she meets Booker, a man she loves and loses to anger, and Rain, a mysterious child. Finally, Bride must face Sweetness, her mother, who takes a lifetime to understand the impact of her callousness. Toni Morrison’s stirring new novel weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult.

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens 
A gripping tale of adventure, sacrifice, and survival in the unforgiving wilderness of a legendary mountain. On his 18th birthday, Wolf Truly finds himself at the top of the mountain that looms over Palm Springs, intending to jump to his death. A chance encounter with three women and a series of missteps leaves Wolf stranded at the summit. He and the strangers endure days of hunger and freezing temperatures, but find the strength not to give up. Now a grown man, Wolf reveals the events of those days to his son Daniel, the first person he has ever told. In telling the story to his son, Wolf begins to explore the nature of the ties that bind people together and the sacrifices we make for each other, and realizes the beautiful and frightening hold the mountain still has over him.

House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy 
Brendan Duffy’s debut novel is an enthralling and atmospheric thriller about a family in search of a new beginning. Novelist Ben Tierney has hit a dead end with his new book, his wife Caroline has lost her job, and their son Charlie is being bullied at school. So when Ben inherits land in Swannhaven, a village in upstate New York, he and Caroline pack up their two young sons for a fresh start away from Manhattan. But as Ben uncovers Swannhaven’s chilling secrets and Charlie ventures deeper into the surrounding forest, strange things begin to happen. The Tierneys realize that their new home isn’t the lucky break they’d thought it was.

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann 
In a unique interplay of narrative and image, renowned photographer Sally Mann’s explores family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South. Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs, she discovers a past filled with deceit and scandal, affairs and abuse, racial tension, vast sums of money made and lost, and underpinning it all, the dearly loved land. In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs, she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel while firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own life.

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan  
The bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, and lovesick billionaires. On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiancé willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won't be able to walk her down the aisle. But then, a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. A romp through Asia's most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it's like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.

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