Even though the calendar says the official beginning of summer was just a few days ago, the unrelenting heat and our attempts to beat it, say differently. And, one of the best ways to beat the heat has always been a good book.
When the temperature starts to soar, there’s nothing like a great book to take our minds to cooler places and our frustration levels to calmer times.
So, in an effort to stay cool and enjoy, what looks to be, a really hot season, here’s a guide to some of the best summer reading out there.
Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy – The world renowned, international thriller author has done it again. From the tribal lands of Pakistan to the Mexican/American border, this book introduces the reader to a new hero, ex-navy seal, Max Moore. From terrorism to drug wars, this book takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride to discover a nefarious plan whose aim is middle America.
One Summer by David Baldacci – Typically a writer of legal thrillers, Baldacci takes the reader in another direction in his new book about love, loss and family. In it, terminally ill father, Jack Armstrong, loses his wife and has his children parceled out to family members across the country. After making a miraculous recovery, he gathers them back, moves to a new state and begins to start life anew, when his ex-Mother-in-law decides to file for custody. A definite tear-jerker. Make sure you have tissues.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett – A young college graduate, just home from school and anxious to make a name for herself as a writer, decides to write about the differences in the women she has been around her whole life. In her first novel, Stockett hit’s a home-run with her story, set in the heart of the civil-rights movement in Jackson, Ms., of the “country club” white women and the black ladies who raise their children. Soon to be a major motion picture.
Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue – This is the haunting story of 5 yr. old Jack, a little boy who likes to watch T.V., read books and play games with his Mother. Your typical little kid accept Jack’s world is one small room that he shares with his “Ma” and a nighttime visitor called “Old Nick”. Kept in a prison his whole life, this disturbing story is still hopeful and heartwarming, as Jack’s “Ma” does everything in her power to give him a normal life.
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell – In this book, Gladwell takes the notion of “self-made” man and turns it on it’s ear. It is his assertion that most successful people have had certain advantages and benefits on their road to success that a “normal” person could never access. An interesting read.
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David G. McCullough – Between 1830 and 1900, hundreds of Americans migrated to Paris. This book examines such people as Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain, Samuel Morse and Harriet Beecher Stowe, who all came back from Paris with new ideas on everything from writing, science, art and politics. A different look at history.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand – From the author of “Seabiscut”, comes the story of Louis Zamperini, a juvenile delinquent, turned Olympic runner turned Army hero. His story of survival, after crash landing his plane in the pacific and the horror and miseries that he suffered for the next 3 years, will leave you breathless and wanting more. Each page more enthralling than the last.
Well, that should get you started. And, remember, there’s nothing wrong with “E-books” and the machines that play them, but there’s still nothing like the smell of a brand new book, the first time you open it. Just my opinion.
Have a wonderful summer! Stay out of the heat, enjoy a cool drink and let a good book take you far away to a place you’ve never been.
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