Hot reads to spend time with this summer
“Skinny Dip” by Carl Hiaasen ($24.95). Hiaasen, a master of the comic mystery, returns to his favorite subjects – south Florida lowlifes. When heiress Joey Perrone is rescued after being tossed off a cruise ship by her doctor husband, she is set on revenge. Hiaasen always writes superb characters and dialogue and this is no exception. He keeps the story moving and the reader laughing. Also available on audio for you “in-the-car readers.”
“R is for Ricochet” by Sue Grafton ($24.95). Kinsey Malone, a tough private investigator in the California coastal town of Santa Teresa, returns for her 18th installment in Grafton’s alphabet soup mystery series. Kinsey has a solitary life, same old house, job and local dive but a routine job “baby-sitting” a recent parolee shakes things up.
“Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir” by Neely Tucker ($23.95). Tucker, an American journalist in Zimbabwe, tells a remarkable story of love, survival and the triumph of the human spirit. A baby girl, abandoned and left to die in the tall grass that covers Zimbabwe in the dry season, is found and brought to the orphanage. Chipo, whose name means gift, is entrusted to Tucker and his wife, soon reshaping their lives amidst the political horrors of Zimbabwe.
“Easter Island” by Jennifer Vanderbes ($13). “Easter Island” is an extraordinary tale of two women of different eras whose quests for adventure parallel one another’s on this remote island off the coast of Chile. Elsa Beazley arrives on Easter Island in 1913 with her anthropologist husband and troubled sister. Sixty years later, botanist Greer Farrady is drawn to the haunting beauty and secrets of this mysterious place.
“The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime” by William Langewieshe ($23). Forty-three thousand giant ships sail the open ocean, carrying nearly all of the products and raw materials used by man. It is a world of licit and illicit trade, piracy, shipwrecks and environmental disasters. Gripping!
“Cold Springs” by Rick Riordan ($6.99). Riordan, an award-winning mystery writer, delivers another electrifying thriller. In a tough-love “camp” for troubled kids, a man whose own life is precariously fragile sets out to save a girl from the same terrible path his daughter once took. Only this path leads to murder, and he must dredge up his own past to save her future.
“Waterbourne” by Bruce Murkoff ($25). Set in the Depression, “Waterbourne” is a novel of the people drawn to the vast construction site of Boulder Dam. It is the story of man’s attempt to harness nature and the force of the mighty river that flows through the Nevada desert.
“Peaches and Other Juicy Fruits” by Olwen Woodier ($10.95). Anyone who frequents our wonderful farmers markets is drawn to the beauty and aroma of gold-burnished peaches and nectarines. This book is filled with tasty savories and sweets using the summer bounty of stone fruits. Yum!
“Lake Tahoe Top Trails” by Mike White ($13.95). Beat the heat and head to Tahoe for pristine views, secluded backcountry, trails extraordinaire. Here are 42 hikes, strolls, bike rides and backpacking trails. Each hike features maps, elevation changes, restrooms and photo ops. Perfect for any nature lover.
“The Leave No Crumbs Camping Cookbook” by Rick Greenspan and Hal Kahn ($14.95). Why eat gorp at camp when you wouldn’t eat it at home? Here are camp cook tips and tasty recipes ranging from Rattlesnake Salsa to Gone-Fishin’ Pilaf. This book has all you need for a delicious camping trip.
Compiled by manager Alison Jones-Pomatto at the Book Seller, 107 Mill St., Grass Valley, 272-2131. The Book Seller is open 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
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