Beach Books. Are YOU Ready?

It’s not too early to begin packing a summer beach bag. In their Summer Entertainment issue, Entertainment Weekly rounds up “18 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer.” Included, of course, is the final volume in Stieg Larsson’s super-hot trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (Knopf, May 25), Stephenie Meyer’s recently-announced novella, which offers another take on the Twilight saga, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Little, Brown, June 5) and Ballantine’s big post-apocalyptic The Stand readalike, The Passage by Justin Cronin, (June 8).

Also making the list of 18 are several other titles librarians have already heard about.  The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender (The Girl in the Flammable Skirt), was movingly presented at PLA’s Buzz Panel by Marcie Purcell, Random House’s head of library marketing. It begins when a young girl discovers she can taste her mother’s sadness in the cake she baked for the girl’s birthday. Entertainment Weekly calls it “A magical novel.”

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Aimee Bender
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Doubleday – (2010-06-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0385501129 / 9780385501125

Another title that was big at PLA and MidWinter is Girl in Translation. Entertainment Weekly says, “Though the plot may sound mundane — a Chinese girl and her mother immigrate to this country and succeed despite formidable odds — this coming-of-age tale is anything but.”

Girl in Translation: A Novel
Jean Kwok
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover – (2010-04-29)
ISBN / EAN: 1594487561 / 9781594487569

Audio; UNABR CD; 9780142427996; $39.95

At the PLA Buzz Panel, Nancy Pearl gave the thumbs up to  The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick, saying it portrays Custer as you’ve never seen him before. Entertainment Weekly concurs, “If anyone can breathe life into the oft-told tale of Lieutenant Colonel George Custer, it’s Philbrick.”

The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
Nathaniel Philbrick
Retail Price: $30.00
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult – (2010-05-04)
ISBN / EAN: 0670021725 / 9780670021727

Audio; UNABR CD; 9780142427699; $30

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