Books For Your Spa Tote—Summer reads are supposed to be playful, sweet confections that make us laugh, cry a bit, and leave us feeling good in the end. Here are six — not all of them new — books to put in your beach bag:
The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel
by Nina George
Monsieur Perdu’s bookshop is housed on a boat moored on the Seine where he “prescribes” books like medications to cure people’s ills. One day he simply lets go —untying the boat and moves down the river searching for his own healing story. The book is filled with questions, characters, unopened letters, and a reminder that what scares us most may be what saves us after all.
Note: another book by Nina George, The Little French Bistro, A Novel, is also a good read.
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
by Rita Leganski
This is a dream-like book that takes you into a space of deep resounding silence. Bonaventure’s mute silence is rewarded with hearing so acute he can hear the brush of butterfly wings,” At once sad and beautiful, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow may take you to a place you’ve never been before.
A Brazen Curiosity
Julie & Julia
The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
This is a magic book. It takes you into the dark and beautiful world of two young magicians who are locked into a life-long competition of wit and ability. But the men who linked the two never counted on love and the creativity of the human heart. Read this one slowly and savor the incredible descriptions of midnight dinners, magical circus acts, and a relationship where love is only the beginning.
Erin Morgenstern has a new book out, The Starless Sea, A Novel. It will at my door shortly.
Life is too unreliable to plan one’s hats in advance.
Emily, Beatrice Hyde-Clare’s younger cousin, in A Brazen Curiosity