Summer has finally arrived, and it’s the perfect time to catch up on reading your favorite summer books. No matter where vacation takes you, this list of summer books will keep you entertained with stories of Hemingway, Eleanor Roosevelt, politics, foreign lands and intrigue. Take a look and make your selections!
2018, Self HelpThe Happiness Curve
combines experience and research that shows life satisfaction declines in the 20s—with a low point in the 40s—then it increases. International cases studies, even animal studies, confirm that with age comes happiness! This research will convince you. Just wait till you’re 60!!!
2018, Historical FictionWhite Houses
is the love story between Lenora (Hick) Hickok, a prominent woman reporter and Eleanor Roosevelt, based on access to the many letters the two exchanged. The book follows them through three decades of their unconventional relationship. It was a secret to the world yet happening right in front of everyone’s eyes. Don’t miss this one! Read reviews here.
Best Selling Author of The English Patient
Warlight is a poetic spy novel about secrets and loss that might be Ondaatje’s best work yet. This amazing piece of writing tells of a man’s life-long search to understand how his mother was involved in the world of spies. The book gets its title from the description of London’s dimmed lights, necessary to aid emergency traffic during W.W. II blackouts. An imaginative story filled with international intrigue. Read reviews here.
Best Selling Author of The Paris Wife
2018, Historical Fiction
Love and Ruin is not a traditional romantic tale. This book captures the passionate love affair of Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, Martha Gellhorn. A fearless correspondent during the Spanish Civil War, she inspired his classic, For Whom The Bells Tolls. After a short, stormy marriage, Marty chooses writing in the world’s war zones over a life with the famous Hemingway. Read reviews here.
2018, Historical FictionThe Italian Party
about the power of secrets in politics and in marriage, this is both a genuine romance and a thoughtful spy story. Italy’s postwar optimism is intertwined with learning to live with the very real strains of poverty, injustice and desperation. The book is stylish and enjoyable and ends imaginatively. It should become a popular beach read this summer. Read reviews here.
2018, Historical FictionTangerine
is a thriller set in Tangiers, Morocco, about college roommates with contrasting personalities—one meek and timid, the other brazen and steely. The sense of obsession and manipulation in this toxic friendship will leave the reader chilled to the bone. Picked up by George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures, as a film, the movie is sure to emphasize the colorful backdrop and exotic atmosphere of Morocco. Read reviews here.
2018, Science Fiction – Time Travel
In How To Stop Time, Tom is more than 400 years old but looks like 40-something and expects to live till he’s 950. This inventive and captivating adventure tale includes flashbacks to drinks with Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda. The reader learns that being blessed with long life can be a curse and is encouraged to relinquish the past and live fully in the present. Benedict Cumberbatch signed on to star in the 2020 movie adaptation of this creative, enjoyable fantasy. Read reviews here.
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