Tonawanda News

June 9, 2013

BOOK NOOK: Your go-to guide for fun-in-the-sun reading

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The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — You’ve got your summer all planned out.

Weekends with family are starting to fill in between trips and festivals. You’ve got a few household chores planned, some exploring around town, a bit of a road trip and plenty of dates with a cold one in the back yard.

So what are you going to read this year? How about these great suggestions:

May

The first unofficial month of summer may be over, but it can’t hurt to check out this month’s releases, like historical books “The Civil War in 50 Objects” by Harold Holtzer or “American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms” by Chris Kyle and William Doyle.

There are plenty of books out in May that will whip you into shorts-and-swimsuit season, including “Hungry Girl 200 Under 200” by Lisa Lillien, “No Bake Makery” by Cristina Suarez Krumsick, and “Fresh Happy Tasty: an Adventure in 100 Recipes” by Jane Coxwell, as well as new foodie books by Guy Fieri, the Batali Brothers and Art Smith.

May brought new memoirs by Burt Bacharach; Donald Rumsfeld; and the original MTV VJs. You’ll also find new novels by Clive Cussler, Neil Gaiman, Dean Koontz, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Walter Mosley and Wanda E. Brunstetter.

June

Once summer officially starts, load up on more novels. Mary Kay Andrews has a new one coming out; so do Carl Hiaasen, Dorothea Benton Frank, Jeffrey Deaver, Jeannette Walls, Barbara Delinsky, Marsha Clark, James Patterson (with Howard Roughan) and James Rollins.

There’s a new bio on Willie, Waylon and Kris Kristofferson due in June. Jen Lancaster comes out with another great book. You’ll also find biographies by farmer Mardi Jo Link and a new book about President Obama.

Historians will love June’s offerings: a book on the 1936 Berlin Olympics; one about the wives of early astronauts; a book about the Revolutionary War; and a book about American prosperity in each of the 50 states.

There’s also a great book for dog-lovers coming up in June, as well as some fun crafts books, yummy cookbooks, and a new Dr. Who book.

July

Summer might be halfway over, but the parade of new books is NOT!

Jump into July with a new novel by Laurell K. Hamilton, Jude Devereaux or Karin Slaughter. Then work your way through the month with others by Catherine Coulter, Chuck Klosterman, Iris Johansen, Chris Bohjalian, Carole Radizwell, Zane and Danielle Steele.

There are a lot of books for self-improvement coming out this month: one on dating, one on mating, some on making your life better, and a humorous book on epic fails in life and love. You’ll also find some great summertime cookbooks in July, too.

Look for a new book about Orson Welles; a book for new teachers; a rockin’ new book on the Rolling Stones; a book about the Outlaws motorcycle gang; and some fun new crossword puzzle books.

August

You might be winding down your summertime, but the books keep on coming.

Look for last-minute-of-the-season books by James Patterson (with David Ellis) to begin the month. Then plow through new novels by Faye Kellerman, Anne Rivers Siddons; Erica Spindler, W.E.B Griffin and William E. Butterworth, Karen Robards, Debbie Macomber, Thomas Keneally, Diane Mott Davidson, Edwidge Danticat, Emma McLaughlin, and Kathy Reichs.

There’s a new financial book coming out by Clark Howard in August; a history book on the Middle East ; a cool new business book about the shipping industry; an autobiography by Ricky Skaggs; a book of letters from John F. Kennedy; and a pile of new cookbooks to take you into fall.

And now for the disclaimer: some books can be cancelled or rescheduled. This isn’t a definitive list. And if you didn’t see your favorite author or subject on this list, then ask your favorite bookseller or librarian for more excellent suggestions. Guess what? They love to tell you about the books they love!

Happy summer and happy reading!

Terri Schlichenmeyer reviews books from her home in LaCrosse, Wis. Contact her at bookwormsez@yahoo.com.