If you’re ready to hit the beach, but still need a good read to pack with you in your bag, Jennifer Massoti from Barrington Books has a few books you’ll want to check out.
Books featured include:
WHAT IF I FLY by JAYNE CONWAY
This debut novel by a local author, set in RI, has people saying things like “modern day romeo & Juliet meets Our Town.” We’ve sold out twice already. I’m headed out of town this afternoon and this is the book I’m taking with me…
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by ERIKA SWYLER
This debut novel, with two-color illustrations by the author–is a moving story about the power of books, family secrets, and magic sprinkled in for good measure.
THE ICE CREAM QUEEN OF ORCHARD STREET by SUSIE GILMAN
Now in paperback, bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman’s IndieNext Pick novel about an immigrant girl’s transformation into an indomitable businesswoman in early 20th century New York. Susie will be at BB next Thursday and yes, there will be ice cream.
THE VACATIONERS by EMMA STRAUB
The delicious, New York Times–bestselling book of the summer: an irresistible, deftly observed novel about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family’s Mediterranean holiday.
Onto children’s selections we love….
STICK and STONE by Beth Ferry
When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair becomes fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor? Author Beth Ferry makes a memorable debut with a warm, rhyming text that includes a subtle anti-bullying message even the youngest reader will understand.
INDI SURFS by Chris Gorman
From surfer dad and photographer Chris Gorman comes the story of a little girl who braves the ocean to find the perfect wave. Gorman’s evocative images and text capture the essence of beach culture and the surfer’s journey in the story of a young girl who takes to the waves. Challenged by the ever-changing ocean, Indi shows how patience and persistence pay off in pursuit of the ultimate surfing goal. Readers will cheer when she gets her reward–a transcendent ride for Indi when she finally catches her wave.
SIDEWALK FLOWERS by Jon Arno Lawson
We haven’t been moved by a picture book like this in a long time. It is profound in its simplicity and relevant to today’s distracted society. There are no words, just beautiful illustrations that follow a little girl and her dad as they walk their city streets. A “stop and smell the roses tale” we can all learn from.