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Top 10 Beach Reads

Published: June 25, 2013

Amazon.com editorial director Sara Nelson sifted through hundreds of books to bring you the season’s best.

Fiction

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver The Son by Philipp Meyer The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

(Crown)

The Son

(Ecco)

The Silver Star

(Scribner)

Elizabeth L. Silver Philipp Meyer Jeannette Walls
A smart and sassy novel about a young and very angry woman who refuses to fight to have her murder conviction overturned. A breathtaking, classic cowboys-and-Indians epic about the birth of Texas, is shockingly good. Fans of Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle will love her new novel about two girls whose flaky mom inadvertently leads them to discover more and weirder relatives.
Joyland by Stephen King And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini  

Joyland

(Hard Case Crime)

And the Mountains Echoed

(Riverhead)

 
Stephen King Khaled Hosseini  
Steven King’s Joyland is for the author’s Stand By Me fans, and anybody else who likes good, old fashioned coming of age stories, horror or no. Khaled Hosseini does it again, with And the Mountains Echoed, an evocative novel that takes us from the Kite Runner author’s native Afghanistan to Europe and back again.  

Nonfiction

The Joker by Andrew Hudgins Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey

The Joker

(Simon & Schuster)

Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution

After Visiting Friends

(Scribner)

Andrew Hudgins Nathaniel Philbrick Michael Hainey
Hudgins’s latest is the life story of a guy whose upbringing was so harsh and joyless, he (and we) just had to learn to laugh. Bunker Hill tells a familiar American history tale with fresh eyes and clear voice. This is not your father’s term paper. After Visiting Friends Hainey’s investigation into the death of the father he lost years ago.
The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville by Clare Mully The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown  

The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville

(St Martin’s)

The Boys in the Boat

(Viking)

 
Clare Mully Daniel James Brown  
A meticulous account of a real-life Polish-Jewish Mata Hari, during WWII. Brown celebrates American can-do-ism through the story of the champion rowing team who took on the Germans at the 1936 Olympics.  

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