Avalon Library Recommended August Beach Reads

The long, hot dog-days of August are nearly here, the kind that call for serious beach time or serious air conditioning. I have your reading needs covered for the end-of-summer heat with the following new releases:

Suspense/Thriller

jacket.aspxThe Good Girl, by Mary Kubica

This debut is a psychological thriller about a kidnapping gone wrong, told in the alternating points-of-view of the four main characters. From all the buzz, it sounds like this book is going to be the next Gone Girl. Get it while it’s hot!

 

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jacket.aspxDear Daughter, by Elizabeth Little

Janie Jenkins, released from 10 years in prison for killing her mother, is on the hunt for her mother’s true killer, but the closer she gets the more frightened she becomes that she may have been the murderer all along.

 

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Historical Fiction

jacket.aspxDollbaby, by Laura Lane McNeal

Set in New Orleans during the Civil Rights Movement, this book tells the story of the relationships between African-American domestic servants, activist Dollbaby and her mother Queenie and the eccentric homeowner Fannie and her 12 year old granddaughter Ibby, sent to live there by her mother after the tragic death of her father. This book may be poised to rival Kathryn Stockett’s The Help in popularity.

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jacket.aspxLast Night at the Blue Angel, by Rebecca Rotert

This is another debut told in alternating perspective, this one set in the northern city of Chicago in the 1960s following the story of 10 year old Sophia and her jazz singer mother, Naomi, who is a flawed mother trying to overcome her own past in order to raise her child.

 

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jacket.aspxThe Visitors, by Sally Beauman

This historical adventure begins in 1922 in Egypt, right after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb and is presented in the view of an 11 year old girl sent from England after the death of her mother.

 

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy

jacket.aspxThe Queen of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen

A debut fantasy novel, and the first in a series, The Queen of the Tearling inserts medieval imagery in a futuristic world in which humanity has lost all technology in a great disaster and is in desperate need of a ruler, the rightful Queen who has finally come of age to take the throne.

 

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jacket.aspxThorn Jack, by Katherine Harbor

Like The Queen of the Tearling, Thorn Jack is also a debut and first in a series, and is also centered around a 19 year old female main character but set in modern upstate New York. Finn Sullivan falls for a member of a fairy family, masquerading as mortals, and must fight them in order to save herself in this retelling of the classic Scottish tale “Tam Lin.”

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Romance

jacket.aspxBreakwater Bay, by Shelley Noble

The author of Stargazey Point is back with another perfect beach read: Meri Hollis a preservationist in Newport, Rhode Island, must unravel a dark family secret that could affect her future.

 

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General Fiction

jacket.aspxThe Appetites of Girls, by Pamela Moses

Four women, former college roommates and good friends, reunite after 11 years but can it be a happy reunion with the tumultuous changes that have occurred over the course of a decade? Pieced together like four short stories about each character with the reunion sewing the seam to make it a novel.

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jacket.aspxBig Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

The new book by the author of The Husband’s Secret focuses on the relationships of people in a small beach town where gossip, infidelity and lies are rife.

 

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Nonfiction

indexDeep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves, by James Nestor

Journalist James Nestor describes his experience training as a freediver and describes how innovative uses of freediving in scientific observation of sea life has revealed amazing new information about the world’s least-explored territory.

 

 

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wolfA Wolf Called Romeo, by Nick Jans

In Juneau, Alaska a friendly wild wolf interacts with the local dogs and people, causing a stir both positive and negative, teaching residents about the connections between the wild and the domestic and the affects of humans on wildlife. This is an engaging book featuring lots of dog tales!

 

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Biography/Memoir

joemarilynJoe and Marilyn: Legends in Love, by C. David Heymann

This is a detailed account of the short but iconic relationship of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, based on archival research and interviews.

 

 

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51E4YRKHngL._AA160_I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain, by Courtney Robertson

The Bachelor’s season 16 winner tells all about her experience on the show.

 

 

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51mWLHEYRcL._AA160_I Said Yes to Everything, by Lee Grant

Actress and director Lee Grant recounts being singled out for Hollywood blacklisting during the legendary communist witch hunt of the 1950s and describes career highs and lows as well as her personal Hollywood romances and dramas.

 

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About Avalon Free Public Library

Avalon is a bustling little shore town in southern NJ. Our small population of 1800 expands to about 30,000 at the height of summer. We like to think that we serve them all and then some! Our goal is to make our library available to our patrons wherever they may roam.

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