Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer Reads

I'm packing my bags for a long weekend in Cabo and cannot wait to settle in poolside with novel in hand. I'm a bookworm at heart and am constantly on the lookout for a great read. Here are a few of this summer's greatest hits.

The Twilight Saga is so 2009. This summer, the must-read series is Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. I just started book one, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and can hardly put it down. Book two, The Girl Who Played with Fire, is lying in wait in my nightstand and the long-awaited finale, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, just hit shelves last month and is rumored to deliver an action-packed conclusion to an an amazingly addictive series of crime fiction.

I promise this is not a replay of the train wreck that was A Million Little Pieces. Instead, author Bill Clegg, once a rising star within Manhattan's literati, offers a riveting and deeply personal account of his acute fall from grace at the hands of a crack addiction.

Originally published in 2003, Hilary Thayer Hamann's cult classic emerges in its re-edited form but remains a beautifully articulated coming-of-age story set in East Hampton in the late 1970s/early 80s. At 600 pages this qualifies as an epic novel just in size alone but it's the tortured, romantic story telling that make it a classic.

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