Summer is officially here!
I’ve recently read a few “Books To Read This Summer” lists and decided to make my own list of books I plan on checking out in the coming weeks. I thought I’d share it on this second day of the season.
The Arsonist by Sue Miller. Miller wrote one of my favorite books, The Lakeshore Limited (if you haven’t read it, READ it!), a thought-provoking story filled with very human characters. The Arsonist, described as a novel “about what it means to lead a fulfilling life” looks like another profound tale.
The Corsican Caper by Peter Mayle. I adore Mayle’s books, starting with A Year In Provence. He has a sterling wit and a terrific ability to describe the people, places, and customs of France. The Corsican Caper, the third book featuring protagonist Sam Levitt, promises to be a light, entertaining read for the hot days of summer.
Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton. I have been a fan of Keaton for a very long time (who hasn’t?). She is an Oscar-winning actress, giving remarkable performances in The Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Reds, and Something’s Gotta Give (one of my favorites), among many other films. Her autobiography, Then Again, is wonderful. Keaton is unabashedly herself, all the time. I can’t wait to read her take on beauty in her new book. You know there will be nothing conventional about it!
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin. I have read nothing but stellar reviews of this book that debuted in April. It is billed as an homage to books and bookstores, and as a wise story of love and loss, friendship and hope. I have a feeling this will be on more than a few Top Ten of the Year lists six months from now.
Murder Strikes A Pose (A Downward Dog Mystery) by Tracy Weber. This is the first in a series about a Seattle-based yoga instructor. In the story, Kate Davidson rescues German shepherd Bella after her owner George, a homeless man, is found dead behind Kate’s studio. Kate turns amateur sleuth to solve George’s murder while also trying to find a new home for Bella. This is the first in a well-received series that promises more cases for Kate to solve.