Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Summer Reads!

Warm weather has finally come! School is almost out and beach vacations are being planned. It's time to think about summer reading. While a good book can be read anytime of year, I think certain books are that much better while read in a beach chair, in the sun.

In need of some suggestions? Stop by the store because we a have plenty of new books to share.

One book, that I admittedly read before it was quite bikini weather, is the perfect summer read. Partially because the cover consists of a young man standing on a beach in awesome sunglasses, but mostly because it is incredibly well written and a wonderful story.

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

Every teenager goes through that awkward phase when friends are growing up and changing, the opposite sex suddenly becomes so important, and you are constantly trying to figure out what is “cool.” Whitehead’s new novel illuminates this period of time for Benji Cooper, who is spending the summer of 1985 at his family’s home on Sag Harbor. Whitehead describes the African American enclave on the Hamptons in the time of “The Cosby Show,” the early days of Hip Hop, and “New Coke.” This is a bright, funny, semi-autobiographical story that touches on important issues of race, class, and adolescence. A literary and affectionate summer read with a large helping of humility and ice cream. ~ Vanessa

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