After what seemed like an extra long winter, I am more than ready to break out my flip-flops and head to the beach for some reading and relaxing. Spring is always a stellar time for book publishing, and I love to make a list of the new titles I will be toting in my beach bag and reading on those long, sunny days by the pool or ocean.
Here is a sampling of some recent and upcoming releases that are on my Summer 2013 reading list:
It is hard to imagine right now, but soon the temperatures will be pushing 100 degrees, and the sun will be beating down upon us. What better way to cool off than to read a book that takes place in an ice cap in Greenland? "Frozen In Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II," by Mitchell Zuckoff, is the harrowing true story of a cargo plane that crashed in the Arctic in 1942, the rescue plane that went down while searching for the original plane, and the third plane that disappeared while looking for the others, leaving no clues as to its whereabouts. This real-life survival story would be riveting on its own, but Zuckoff also incorporates information about a current-day quest to find the remnants of the third missing plane; the combination of historical adventure story and modern-day mystery offers a gripping, fantastic read.
A sprawling, epic family saga that is drawing comparisons to Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove" and Cormac McCarthy's "Border Trilogy," "The Son," by Philipp Meyer (publication date May 28) follows three generations of the ambitious McCullough family as they ruthlessly vie for power in the ranching and oil industries in Texas. Spanning 200 years of Texan history, this novel brings the American West to life in all its gritty, fascinating, and tumultuous glory.
Following up her heartwarming debut novel, "Saving Ceecee Honeycutt," Beth Hoffman is back with "Looking For Me" (publication date May 28). Teddi Overman restores old furniture and sells it in her store in Charleston. She is surrounded by friends and customers who care for her, but she is haunted by her brother's disappearance years before. When Teddi discovers that he may still be alive, she journeys back to Kentucky and comes to terms with decades-old family secrets and uncovers exactly what happened to her brother all those years ago.
Known for 2011's summer blockbuster, "Maine," J. Courtney Sullivan is back with "The Engagements" (publication date June 11), a thoroughly entertaining and smart novel about the many facets of love and marriage. Sullivan shares four stories of couples in unique long-lasting relationships and the ups and downs of each. Interspersed within these is the story of Frances Gerety, the woman who coined the phrase "A Diamond Is Forever" for DeBeers in 1947 and how this slogan defined how the diamond engagement ring became a symbol of everlasting love.
In addition to the above titles, I am looking forward to the following by best-selling authors:
"Best Kept Secret," by Jeffrey Archer
"The Ophelia Cut," by John Lescroart
"Inferno," by Dan Brown (publication date May 14)
"And the Mountains Echoed," by Khaled Hosseini (publication date May 21)
"Ladies Night," by Mary Kay Andrews (publication date June 4)
"The Heist," by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (publication date June 18)
Halle Eisenman is a reference librarian at the Hilton Head Island library.