June 24, 2015 | Vicki Lorini
Happy First Week of Summer! This is the time of year when you may be looking for a Beach Read. Something not too long, not disturbing and certainly waterproof! Leave your tablets at home and pick up an old-fashioned book, made of paper or cloth, with words printed on pages that need turning. Think of it as exercise.
I have a couple of suggestions (in addition to our pick of the month, All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr). I just finished a book called Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave. It's a fairly light romance/Chick Lit book that takes place in the Sonoma end of Wine Country. There is a bit of winemaking information, and a bit of local history, combined with an intriguing family saga.
The other book I would suggest is by a new, and very popular, author named JoJo Moyes. It's called The Girl You Left Behind, and it is yet another in my current series of "art looted by the Nazis" novels. This one is extremely well done. It's a great mystery with history and wonderfully written characters. Both these books would go well with some sand and a Mai Tai!
As for our current selection, have you finished it? What has it said to you? Does the "good vs. evil" theme ring true, or are there some gray areas? I know the conversation about this book will be interesting. I wish I could be there, but I know you and Jenny will have plenty to talk about while I'm away. I also know this will
be a very crowded room. We are working on ways to let more of you participate, so stay tuned.
For now, enjoy our Summertime, enjoy your books and thanks for eading.