Friday, December 6, 2013
There's nothing better than getting lost in a good book on the beach or by the pool. Here are some of the summer's most buzzworthy books.
• "The Age of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker (Random House, $26). The world is ending (the rotation of the Earth has suddenly begun to slow) as the life of a young woman is just beginning.
• "The Chaperone" by Laura Moriarty (Riverhead, $26.95). The 1920s tale of an up-and-coming 15-year-old movie star, who is irreverent and blossoming with sexuality, and her conservative summer chaperone.
• "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf, $25.95). Memoir of a woman's 2,663-mile hike over three states and nine mountain ranges. This is Oprah's first book-club selection in two years.
• "The Red House" by Mark Haddon (Doubleday, $25.95). Two long-estranged siblings and their disjointed families share a rented vacation home.
• "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown, $25). A missing wife, a mountain of evidence pointing toward the husband and a twisted plot that defies expectations.
• "The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln" by Stephen L. Carter (Knopf, $26.95). What if Lincoln had survived the assassination plot, only to wind up facing impeachment two years later?
• "Where We Belong" by Emily Giffin (St. Martin's, $27.99). The story of two women, the secret that binds them and its impact on the lives of those closest to them.
• "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America" by Michelle Obama (Crown, $30). Gardening tips, recipes and inspirational stories from the first lady.