February 2021: Beach Reads in Winter

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Sick of the snow yet? Check out these beach reads to put a little sun and fun back in your life. 


Alyssa Cole
Description: Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can't resist the chance to experience life--and love--without the burden of his crown.
Call Number: FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Jenn Bennett
Description: Seventeen-year-old Bailey moves to California to live with her father and, perhaps, finally meet an online friend and fellow film buff, but soon finds herself attracted to an annoying co-worker.
Call Number: YA FIC Ben
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Ilana Masad
Description: "Intimacy has always eluded twenty-seven-year-old Maggie Krause--despite being brought up by married parents, models of domestic bliss--until Lucia came into her life. But when Maggie's mom, Iris, dies in a car crash, Maggie returns home only to discover a withdrawn dad, an angry brother, and, along with Iris's will, five sealed envelopes, each addressed to a mysterious man she's never heard of. In an effort to run from her own grief and discover the truth about Iris--who made no secret of her discomfort with her daughter's sexuality--Maggie embarks on a road trip, determined to hand-deliver the letters and find out what these men meant to her mother. Maggie quickly discovers Iris's second, hidden life, which shatters everything Maggie thought she knew about her parents' perfect relationship. What is she supposed to tell her father and brother? And how can she deal with her own relationship when her whole world is in freefall?" -- Amazon.com."For fans of Mostly Dead Things and Goodbye Vitamin, a warm and witty debut novel about love, loss, and a transformative roadtrip"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mas
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Emily Henry
Description: "A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters. Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They're polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She'll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he'll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. But as the summer stretches on, January discovers a gaping plot hole in the story she's been telling herself about her own life, and begins to wonder what other things she might have gotten wrong, including her ideas about the man next door"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Hen
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Jennifer Weiner
Description: Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn't spoken one word to Drue in all this time -- she doesn't even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media -- so when Drue asks if she will be her maid of honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.
Call Number: LP FIC Wei
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Adi Alsaid
Description: "Dumped by her boyfriend the summer after senior year, teen love and relationship columnist Lu Charles has hit a wall with her writing. The words just won't come to her like they used to and if she doesn't find a topic for her column, she'll lose her gig at hip online magazine Misnomer, and the college scholarship that goes along with it. Her best friend, Pete, thinks she should write through her own pain, but when Lu overhears another couple planning a precollege breakup just like hers, she becomes convinced that they're the answer to cracking her writer's block. And when she meets them--super-practical Iris and cute, sweet Cal--and discovers they're postponing their breakup until the end of the summer, she has to know more. Have Cal and Iris prolonged their own misery by staying together, knowing the end is in sight? Or does the secret to figuring out all this love business--and getting over it--lie with them? One thing is certain--if Lu can't make a breakthrough before summer is over, she can kiss her future goodbye"--back cover.
Call Number: YA FIC Als
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Janie Crouch
Description: What a serious case of mistaken identity. Ashton Fitzgerald is no unassuming handyman but a highly trained sharpshooter intent on protecting Summer Worrall and her baby daughter. The Omega SWAT member has a debt to pay and he isn't about to let Summer out of his sights. For someone else has set their own sights on the lovely widow. Her unexpected relationship with Ashton has put Summer and her child straight into a madman's line of fire. Suddenly a mission to make amends becomes Ashton's quest to defend this little family with his very life.
Call Number: FIC Cro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Lauren Wolk, Holly Linneman
Description: After the financial crash, Ellie and her family have lost nearly everything, including their home in town. Forced to start over, Ellie has found a welcome freedom, and a love of the natural world. But there is little joy, even for Ellie, as her family struggles with the aftermath of an accident that left her father in a coma. An accident for which Ellie has accepted the unearned weight of blame. Determined to help her father, Ellie will make her way to the top of the mountain in search of the healing secrets of a woman known only as 'the hag.' But the hag, and the mountain, still have many untold stories left to reveal and, with them, a fresh chance at happiness.
Call Number: J FIC Wol
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Mary Kay Andrews, Kathleen (Actress) McInerney
Description: Stuck as a sleepy small town newspaper reporter, Conley Hawkins grows bored with her daily grind. But trouble stirs when a beloved politician dies mysteriously, and Conley aims to find out why.
Call Number: FIC And
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Frances Cha
Description: "Kyuri is a heartbreakingly beautiful woman with a hard-won job at a 'room salon', an exclusive bar where she entertains businessmen while they drink. Though she prides herself on her cold, clear-eyed approach to life, an impulsive mistake with a client may come to threaten her livelihood. Her roomate, Miho, is a talented artist who grew up in an orphanage but won a scholarship to study art in New York. Returning to Korea after college, she finds herself in a precarious relationship with the super-wealthy heir to one of Korea's biggest companies. Down the hall in their apartment building lives Ara, a hair stylist for whom two preoccupations sustain her: obsession with a boy-band pop star, and a best friend who is saving up for the extreme plastic surgery that is commonplance. And Wonna, one floor below, is a newlywed trying to get pregnant with a child that she and her husband have no idea how they can afford to raise and educate in the cutthroat economy. Together, their stories tell a gripping tale that's seemingly unfamiliar, yet unmistakably universal in the way that their tentative friendships may have to be their saving grace" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Mira Grant
Description: "Nature abhors a straight line. The natural world is a place of curves and softened edges, of gentle mists and welcoming spirals. Nature remembers deviation; nature does not forgive... For Harlowe Upton-Jones, life has never been a straight line. Shipped off to live with her paternal grandparents after a mysterious cult killed her mother and father, she has grown up chasing the question behind the curve, becoming part of a tight-knit teen detective agency. But “teen” is a limited time offer, and when her friends start looking for adult professions, it's up to Harlowe to find them one last case so that they can go out in a blaze of glory. Welcome to Spindrift House. The stories and legends surrounding the decrepit property are countless and contradictory, but one thing is clear: there are people willing to pay a great deal to determine the legal ownership of the house. When Harlowe and her friends agree to investigate the mystery behind the manor, they do so on the assumption that they'll be going down in history as the ones who determined who built Spindrift House--and why. They have everything they need to solve the mystery. Everything they need except for time."--Publisher description.
Call Number: FIC Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Brandy Colbert
Description: "Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples with her bisexual identity when she and her brother Lionel fall in love with the same girl, pushing Lionel's bipolar disorder to spin out of control and forcing Suzette to confront her own demons."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Kerry Winfrey
Description: Agoraphobic high school junior Mallory's life centers on an online forum about aliens and going to school by computer until a prank lands her on the Homecoming court.
Call Number: YA FIC Win
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Susan Vaught
Description: Alternates between the detective work of middle-schooler Jesse and her new friend, Springer, after her father is accused of stealing, and post-tornado rescue efforts of Jesse and her Pomeranian, Sam-Sam.
Call Number: J FIC Vau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Curtis Sittenfeld
Description: "In 1971, Hillary Rodham is a young woman full of promise. Life magazine covered her Wellesley commencement speech, she's attending Yale Law School, and she's on the forefront of student activism and the women's rights movement. Then she meets a fellow law student named Bill Clinton. A charismatic Southerner, Bill is already laying the groundwork for his political career. In each other, Hillary and Bill find a profound intellectual, emotional, and physical connection that neither has previously experienced. In the real world, Hillary followed Bill back to Arkansas, and he proposed several times. Although she turned him down more than once, she eventually accepted and became Hillary Clinton. But in Curtis Sittenfeld's powerfully imagined tour de force of fiction, Hillary follows a different path. Listening to her doubts about the prospective marriage, she endures a devastating break-up and leaves Arkansas. Over the next four decades, she blazes her own trail--one that unfolds in public as well as in private, that crosses paths again (and again) with Bill Clinton, that raises questions about the trade-offs all of us must make to build a life. Brilliantly weaving actual historical events into a riveting fictional tale, Sittenfeld delivers an uncannily astute story for our times. In exploring the loneliness, moral ambivalence, and iron determination that characterize the quest for political power, as well as both the exhilaration and painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world still mostly run by men, Rodham is a singular and unforgettable novel" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Sit
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Kevin Kwan
Description: "On her very first morning on the jewel-like island of Capri, Lucie Churchill sets eyes on George Zao and she instantly can't stand him. She can't stand it when he gallantly offers to trade hotel rooms with her so that she can have a view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she can't stand that he knows more about Casa Malaparte than she does, and she really can't stand it when he kisses her in the darkness of the ancient ruins of a Roman villa and they are caught by her snobbish, disapproving cousin Charlotte. 'Your mother is Chinese so it's no surprise you'd be attracted to someone like him," Charlotte teases. The daughter of an American-born Chinese mother and a blue-blooded New York father, Lucie has always sublimated the Asian side of herself in favor of the white side, and she adamantly denies having feelings for George. But several years later, when George unexpectedly appears in East Hampton, where Lucie is weekending with her new fiancé, Lucie finds herself drawn to George again. Soon, Lucie is spinning a web of deceit that involves her family, her fiancé, the co-op board of her Fifth Avenue apartment building, and ultimately herself as she tries mightily to deny George entry into her world--and her heart. Moving between summer playgrounds of privilege, peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion, Sex and Vanity is a truly modern love story, an homage to A Room with a View, and a comedy of manners set between two cultures" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Kwa
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Morgan Matson
Description: Quiet Emily's sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.
Call Number: YA FIC Mat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Melissa Rivero
Description: "Ana Falcón, along with her husband Lucho and their two young children, has fled the economic and political strife of Peru for a chance at a new life in New York City in the 1990s. Being undocumented, however, has significantly curtailed the family's opportunities: Ana is indebted to a loan shark who calls herself Mama, and is stretched thin by unceasing shifts at her factory job. To make matters worse, Ana must also battle both criticism from Lucho's cousin--who has made it obvious the family is not welcome to stay in her spare room for much longer--and escalating and unwanted attention from Mama's husband." -- (Source of summary not specified)
Call Number: FIC Riv
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Cara Hoffman
Description: There's no other place Tubs Marshfield would rather be than singing a song in his perfect little swamp along the Louisiana bayou. His music can make anyone feel happy. But something terrible is happening within the swamp that even Tubs' songs can't fix--and it's making his neighbors feel sick! No one knows what to do, least of all Tubs. A mysterious prophecy may hold the key...or send Tubs away from his friends forever.-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: J FIC Hof
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Rebecca Kauffman
Description: "Fripp Island, South Carolina is the perfect destination for the wealthy Daly family: Lisa, Scott, and their two girls. For Lisa’s childhood friend, Poppy Ford, the resort island is a world away from the one she and Lisa grew up in—and when Lisa invites Poppy's family to join them, how can a working-class woman turn down an all-expenses paid vacation for her husband and children? But everyone brings secrets to the island, distorting what should be a convivial, relaxing summer on the beach. Lisa sees danger everywhere—the local handyman can't be allowed near the children, and Lisa suspects Scott is fixated on something, or someone, else. Poppy watches over her husband John and his routines with a sharp eye. It's a summer of change for all of the children: Ryan Ford who prepares for college in the fall, Rae Daly who seethes on the brink of adulthood, and the two youngest, Kimmy Daly and Alex Ford, who are exposed to new ideas and different ways of life as they forge a friendship of their own. Those who return from this vacation will spend the rest of their lives trying to process what they witnessed, the tipping points, moments of violence and tenderness, and the memory of whom they left behind" --Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Kau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Amanda Eyre Ward
Description: "When seventy-year-old Charlotte Perkins submits a sexy essay to the "Become a Jetsetter" contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children: Lee, an almost-famous actress; Cord, a handsome Manhattan venture capitalist who can't seem to find a bride; and Regan, a harried mother who took it all wrong when Charlotte bought her a Weight Watchers gift certificate for her birthday. Charlotte yearns for the years when her children were young and she was a single mother who meant everything to them. When she wins the cruise, the family packs all their baggage--literal and figurative--and spends ten days traveling from sun-drenched Athens through glorious Rome to tapas-laden Barcelona on an over-the-top cruise ship, the Splendido Marveloso. As lovers new and old join the adventure, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the Perkins family is forced to confront the defining choices in their lives. Can four lost adults find the peace they've been seeking by reconciling their childhood aches and coming back to each other?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC War
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Kate O'Shaughnessy
Description: Eleven-year-old Maybelle Lane collects sounds. She records the Louisiana crickets chirping, Momma strumming her guitar, their broken trailer door squeaking. But the crown jewel of her collection is a sound she didn't collect herself: an old recording of her daddy's warm-sunshine laugh, saved on an old phone's voicemail. It's the only thing she has of his, and the only thing she knows about him. Until the day she hears that laugh--his laugh--pouring out of the car radio. Going against Momma's wishes, Maybelle starts listening to her radio DJ daddy's new show, drinking in every word like a plant leaning toward the sun. When he announces he'll be the judge of a singing contest in Nashville, she signs up. What better way to meet than to stand before him and sing with all her heart? But the road to Nashville is bumpy. Her starch-stiff neighbor Mrs. Boggs offers to drive her in her RV. And a bully of a boy from the trailer park hitches a ride, too. These are not the people May would have chosen to help her, but it turns out they're searching for things as well. And the journey will mold them into the best kind of family--the kind you choose for yourself.-- Amazon.
Call Number: J FIC OSh
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Sally J. Pla
Description: Charlie, twelve, who has autism and obsessive compulsive disorder, must endure a cross-country trip with his siblings and a strange babysitter to visit their father, who will undergo brain surgery.
Call Number: J FIC Pla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Aimee Agresti
Description: "Charlie Savoy was once Hollywood's hottest A-lister. Now, ten years later, she's pushing forty, exiled from the film world and back at the summer Shakespeare theater in the Berkshires that launched her career--and where her old flame, Nick, is the artistic director. It's not exactly her first choice. But as parts are cast and rehearsals begin, Charlie is surprised to find herself getting her groove back, bonding with celebrity actors, forging unexpected new friendships and even reigniting her spark with Nick, who still seems to bring out the best in her despite their complicated history. Until Charlie's old rival, Hollywood's current It Girl, is brought on set, threatening to undo everything she's built. As the drama amps up both on the stage and behind the curtains, Charlie must put on the show of a lifetime to fight for the second chance she deserves in career and in love" --Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Agr
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Description: "Baja California, 1979. Viridiana spends her days watching the dead sharks piled beside the seashore, as the fishermen pull their nets. There is nothing else to do, nothing else to watch, under the harsh sun. She's bored. Terribly bored. Yet her head is filled with dreams of Hollywood films, of romance, of a future beyond the drab town where her only option is to marry and have children. Three wealthy American tourists arrive for the summer, and Viridiana is magnetized. She immediately becomes entwined in the glamorous foreigners' lives. They offer excitement, and perhaps an escape from the promise of a humdrum future. When one of them dies, Viridiana lies to protect her friends. Soon enough, someone's asking questions, and Viridiana has some of her own about the identity of her new acquaintances. Sharks may be dangerous, but there are worse predators nearby, ready to devour a naïve young woman who is quickly being tangled in a web of deceit."--Publisher descirption.
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
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A Princess In Theory
Alyssa Cole
FIC Col
Me And Sam-sam Handle The Apocalypse
Susan Vaught
J FIC Vau
Alex, Approximately
Jenn Bennett
YA FIC Ben
Rodham : A Novel
Curtis Sittenfeld
FIC Sit
All My Mother's Lovers : A Novel
Ilana Masad
FIC Mas
Sex And Vanity [Large Print] : A Novel
Kevin Kwan
LP FIC Kwa
Beach Read
Emily Henry
FIC Hen
Since You've Been Gone
Morgan Matson
YA FIC Mat
Big Summer [Large Print]
Jennifer Weiner
LP FIC Wei
The Affairs Of The Falcóns
Melissa Rivero
FIC Riv
Brief Chronicle Of Another Stupid Heartbreak
Adi Alsaid
YA FIC Als
The Ballad Of Tubs Marshfield
Cara Hoffman
J FIC Hof
Daddy Defender
Janie Crouch
FIC Cro
The House On Fripp Island
Rebecca Kauffman
FIC Kau
Echo Mountain [Audiobook]
Lauren Wolk, Holly Linneman
J FIC Wol
The Jetsetters : A Novel
Amanda Eyre Ward
FIC War
Hello, Summer [Audiobook]
Mary Kay Andrews, Kathleen (Actress) McInerney
FIC And
The Lonely Heart Of Maybelle Lane
Kate O'Shaughnessy
J FIC OSh
If I Had Your Face : A Novel
Frances Cha
FIC Cha
The Someday Birds
Sally J. Pla
J FIC Pla
In The Shadow Of Spindrift House
Mira Grant
FIC Gra
The Summer Set : A Novel
Aimee Agresti
FIC Agr
Little & Lion
Brandy Colbert
YA FIC Col
Untamed Shore
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
FIC Mor
Love And Other Alien Experiences
Kerry Winfrey
YA FIC Win