Five Summer Beach Reads for 2014

So I was at the bookstore yesterday, and I took some time to make my summer beach reading list and picked out five books I can't wait to dig into.  I have to admit I have read one of these before and I'm revisiting it this summer, because I loved it so much! Grab a book and come sit by me at the beach! 

The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner 

This sweeping novel follows the Kings family, which has had a lobster dynasty on Loosewood Island for three hundred years. Weave in a death, sibling rivalry, meth dealers, Johnny Cash and romance and you have a can't-put-it-down beach read. (Scheduled for May release.)

The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons

This is literally a beach book about going to the beach! This novel follows the lives of four women who spend a week at a different beach house each August, until tragedy changes their lives in unexpected ways. Stephen King calls it "maybe the book she was born to write." (Scheduled for July release.)

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

It’s an eerie tale of identical twin sisters who share a hidden gift. They are psychic, but one has chosen to bury her powers to lead a normal family life. The other is single and works as a medium. One day she predicts a violent earthquake in Missouri, where they live. Is she right?

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them.

Thirty Girls by Susan Minot

Evening author Susan Minot's daring new novel, Thirty Girls (Knopf), was inspired by the 1996 abduction of a group of teenagers from their Catholic boarding school in Uganda by the militant Lord's Resistance Army. Minot, who wrote a nonfiction piece on the incident and was never able to get the story out of her head, succeeds, through her fictionalized version, in making us care as much as she does.
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