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Beach Bound: 20 Books Set Near the Surf

Let's be honest: Endless summer would be ideal. And between the sun, the sand and the surf, the shore is undoubtedly the best place to be during the best season of the year. For that very reason, we're sharing with you a staff-curated collection of 20 great reads that take place at the beach. So while you soak up the rays these last few weeks of summer, we hope you find a book (and hopefully several!) below to make your summer indulgences last just a little longer. There's so much to appreciate about the beach, and what better time than these last glorious summer days?

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Beach Bound: 20 Books Set Near the Surf

Let's be honest: Endless summer would be ideal. And between the sun, the sand and the surf, the shore is undoubtedly the best place to be during the best season of the year. For that very reason, we're sharing with you a staff-curated collection of 20 great reads that take place at the beach. So while you soak up the rays these last few weeks of summer, we hope you find a book (and hopefully several!) below to make your summer indulgences last just a little longer. There's so much to appreciate about the beach, and what better time than these last glorious summer days?

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July 28, 2014

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we think is a great summer reading selection. Read more about it, and enter our Summer Reading Contest by Tuesday, July 29th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE PERFECT STRANGER by Wendy Corsi Staub, which is now in stores. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Friedrich Nietzsche

Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Muriel Spark

Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life.

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Muriel Spark

Patricia Ann Ball

The mind is a wonderful thing. It starts working the minute you're born and never stops working until you get up to speak in public.

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Patricia Ann Ball

July 25, 2014

One of the joys of summer is late nights in the pool. Last Friday night, I spent a lovely evening floating around the pool while chatting with Tom and the boys; it was one of those evenings where not much happens, but a memory is made that we will look back on and talk about --- the night we all hung out in the pool until midnight. I love moments like that; they are the ones I replay in my head over and over. The little things away from the routine that are my “ah” moments.

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Roz Shea

To read James Lee Burke on the printed page is to immerse yourself in some of the finest contemporary American literature of the past 30 years. To listen to renowned narrator Will Patton breathe life into that sumptuous prose is to ignite it with incandescent light.  Read More

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Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland narrowly escapes death at the Battle of the Bulge, saving a young, beautiful prisoner of war named Rosita Lowenstein in the process. The two marry and return to Texas, where Weldon enters the oil business and meets dangerous people hell-bent on destroying his marriage. The prospect of losing his wife prompts Weldon’s wildest and most courageous act yet --- one that takes its inspiration from his encounter years earlier with the notorious Bonnie and Clyde.

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Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland narrowly escapes death at the Battle of the Bulge, saving a young, beautiful prisoner of war named Rosita Lowenstein in the process. The two marry and return to Texas, where Weldon enters the oil business and meets dangerous people hell-bent on destroying his marriage. The prospect of losing his wife prompts Weldon’s wildest and most courageous act yet --- one that takes its inspiration from his encounter years earlier with the notorious Bonnie and Clyde.

About the Book

In his most ambitious novel, master storyteller James Lee Burke tells a classic American story through one man’s unforgettable life --- connecting a fateful encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to the Battle of the Bulge to the merciless frontier justice of the Wild West.

It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile.

Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp. Eventually, Weldon and Rosita fall in love and marry and, with Hershel, return to Texas to seek their fortunes.

There, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart --- a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific --- and Roy’s wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita’s life a nightmare. It will be the frontier justice upheld by Weldon’s grandfather, Texas lawman Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon’s plans for saving his family from the evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all.

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Joe Hartlaub

I have long held the theory that the majority of crime occurs in quiet, out-of-the-way places that lie on a map somewhere between, or to the side of, Point A and Point B. They sit a mile or two off of freeway exits, barely marked by the eyes of motorists who are focused on freeway traffic, so that large warehouses that hold who-knows-what are barely wondered about, if noticed at all. Read More

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Thirty-six years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi. In less than two days, he was accused of rape and murder and lynched. When evidence surfaces of his innocence, county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out to charge those responsible for the lynching. But as he uncovers old lies and secrets, he runs into fierce opposition from people willing to play dirty. He finds himself accused of terrible crimes, and it is anyone’s guess who will prevail --- or even come out of it alive.

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Thirty-six years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi. In less than two days, he was accused of rape and murder and lynched. When evidence surfaces of his innocence, county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out to charge those responsible for the lynching. But as he uncovers old lies and secrets, he runs into fierce opposition from people willing to play dirty. He finds himself accused of terrible crimes, and it is anyone’s guess who will prevail --- or even come out of it alive.

About the Book

Thirty-six years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi, with nothing but the clothes on his back and a pair of paratrooper boots. Less than two days later, he was accused of rape and murder, hunted down by a self-appointed posse, and lynched.

Now evidence has surfaced of his innocence, and county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out not only to identify the stranger’s remains, but to charge those responsible for the lynching. As he starts to uncover old lies and dirty secrets, though, he runs up against fierce opposition from those with the most to lose --- and they can play dirty themselves.

Soon Colson will find himself accused of terrible crimes, and the worst part is, the accusations just might stick. As the two investigations come to a head, it is anybody’s guess who will prevail --- or even come out of it alive.

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Jesse Kornbluth

We think of Margaret Mead --- if we think of her at all --- as the Julia Child of anthropology. Square of jaw. Hair cut with bangs, like a five-year-old. Wire rims. More a scholar than a woman. Read More

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English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. He is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with the controversial Nell Stone and her Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby, the artistic, female-dominated Tam, he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm among the three of them that burns out of anyone’s control.

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English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. He is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with the controversial Nell Stone and her Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby, the artistic, female-dominated Tam, he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm among the three of them that burns out of anyone’s control.

About the Book

From New England Book Award winner Lily King comes a breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the 1930s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their ca­­reers, and, ultimately, their lives.

English anthropologist Andrew Banson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers’ deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell’s poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby, the artistic, female-dominated Tam, he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone’s control.

Set between two world wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, EUPHORIA is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration and sacrifice from accomplished author Lily King.