Read Local: Boston-Related Books for Summer Beach Reading
Now that summer has arrived, itâ€™s time to return to that strange former hobby known as pleasure reading. Hereâ€™s a sampling of Boston-related books youâ€™re likely to find us reading at the beach.
The Last Summer of the Camperdowns
Elizabeth Kelly explored the tragicomedy of a Nantucket family in her bestselling debut, Apologize, Apologize! In this follow-up novel, she takes readers to the Cape of the early 1970s. The narrator, a 12-year-old Wellfleet girl with eccentric â€śMe Decadeâ€ť parentsâ€”her mother a retired movie star and her father a candidate for Congressâ€”is plunged beneath the surface of the idyllic summer setting when she discovers dark family secrets and witnesses a sinister crime she wonâ€™t soon forget.
Out 6/3, $26, Liveright.
Americaâ€™s Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy that Built a Nation
â€śWhen I wasnâ€™t sleeping or eating,â€ť Ted Williams once famously remarked, â€śI was practicing swinging.â€ť Now thatâ€™s dedication. Or maybeâ€”as Joshua Kendall suggests in this survey of several American personalitiesâ€”itâ€™s a mental disorder. Kendall showcases the obsessive-compulsive behaviors exhibited by -Williams, Thomas Jefferson, EstĂ©e Lauder, Charles Lindbergh, and others, and traces their origins back to traumatic childhood experiences that wound up propelling these figures to greatness.
Out 6/25, $27, Grand Central Publishing.
Sweet Salt Air
If the title alone doesnâ€™t put you in a summer mood, the setting will. The latest from Needham-based bestselling author Barbara Delinsky, this book reunites two friends who once spent summers together on Quinnipeague, a (fictional) island off Maineâ€™s coast. After years apart, the women, a food blogger and a travel writer, come together to write a book about island food. But as they unravel the years away from one another, each encounters truths that threaten marriages and force them to make tough decisions.
Out 6/18, $26, St. Martinâ€™s Press.Â
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
If youâ€™re not into the whole â€śbeach readsâ€ť thingâ€”but arenâ€™t seeking literary Ambien, eitherâ€”then Tufts philosophy professor Daniel C. Dennett is your guy. â€śI will go to considerable lengths to cajole you out of some of your firmly held convictions,â€ť he writes in his latest book, which brings philosophy down to earth. Dennett offers a glossary of tools that thinkers use to make their argumentsâ€”among them â€śintuition pumps,â€ť or -anecdotes, as he puts it, that are â€śdesigned to provoke a heartfelt, table-thumping intuition.â€ť
Out 5/3, $29, W. W. Norton.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/article/2013/05/28/boston-books-summer-reading/