June 2024

Dear Readers –

In the bookselling world, June often portends the start of a veritable tsunami of customer requests for “beach reads.”

Somehow, in the last weeks I’ve wound up having two separate delightful – but oddly heated – debates with fellow booksellers about what, exactly, constitutes a beach read.

My position, very adamantly, is that a beach read is any book you choose to read on vacation.

A few years ago, while camped out in the shade of a beach umbrella, I tore through Prairie Fires, Caroline Fraser’s brilliant (and very gossipy) Pulitzer Prize-winning literary biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane.

Last summer my teenaged son spent a good chunk of our week at a friend’s lake house immersed in the book Super Volcanoes: What They Reveal About Earth and the Worlds Beyond – not most people’s definition of a beach read, but it sure kept him engaged out there on the dock.

But if what you want in a beach read is a little more traditional, we’ve got that too! Jennifer Weiner's The Summer Place is full of summer fun, Alyssa Cole's terrific thriller When No One is Watching is perfect if you want your beach read with a side of suspense, and I recently devoured The Ministry of Time - wildly smart speculative fiction that I didn't want to ever put down.

Whatever you choose for your summer reading (and wherever you choose to do it) I hope it brings you joy!

Best wishes,

Rachel Person, Director of Events

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Now, Diana and Matthew receive a formal demand from the Congregation: They must test the magic of their seven-year-old twins, Pip and Rebecca. Concerned with their safety and desperate to avoid the same fate that led her parents to spellbind her, Diana decides to forge a different path for her family’s future and answers a message from a great-aunt she never knew existed, Gwyneth Proctor, whose invitation simply reads: It’s time you came home, Diana.

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