Hi, I’m Gemma Buckley… and I’m Jack Buckley, owners of the Ninth Street Book Shop, since it’s the official start of summer, here are some great “beach reads.”
One of our all-time bestsellers is The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper. Written with great humor and empathy, it’s about Joe, a now-famous novelist, who returns after a 15-year hiatus to his small hometown, where he must deal with his family, friends and events from the past. And although Jack and I still consider The Book of Joe to be his best, all Tropper’s novels have entertaining plots and characters.
For children there are 2 great books in a series called Into the Field Guide. The first is A Walk on the Beach, that introduces common critters, shells, plants and beachcombing tips. For land-lovers there’s A Walk in the Woods, that covers common animals, trees, flowers, and rocks. Both books are a wonderful way to introduce kids to nature and spend quality time together outdoors.
In The Sports Gene David Epstein, a “Sports Illustrated” contributor, explores elite athletic performances. Do record-breakers and all-stars have genetic advantages or is great performance the result of hard work? This is very readable and fascinating sports science.