Mar 4, 2008 Lynda Twardowski
At the beach, time is truly on your side. Take advantage of those languid hours of leisure by basking in a terrific beach book. The staff at The Bookstore in Frankfort (330 Main St., 231-352-9720) named their picks for super summer reads, and we added a few of our own. So just pick a beach (find some solid suggestions in Serene Breaks: Pick Your Pleasure
) and let the reading commence:Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series
. The Jersey girl detective with the big mouth and even bigger hair strikes again with 12 Sharp,
the latest in Evanovich's laugh-a-minute mystery series, but any story Plum stars in is a sweet summer read. Alexandra Fuller's Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
. A tender, moving memoir of a white Brit's experience in Africa during the Rhodesian civil war.Gregory Maguire's Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
. Peek behind the Wizard's curtain and visit Oz's underbelly.Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series.
The Upper Peninsula is the stunning backdrop and star for the page-turning, action-packed mysteries ex-Detroit cop McKnight solves.Mark Spragg's Where Rivers Change Direction.
The memoir of a rural Wyoming boy who yanks readers on a visceral ride through a spare but stunningly detailed portrait of his life on his family's ranch.William Goldman's The Princess Bride.
If The Bookstore's ever-dwindling stock of this fantasy classic is any indication, it's a summer essential. (Thankfully, the staff re-orders faithfully.)Sue Monk Kidd's The Mermaid Chair.
A stifled, middle-aged woman finds herself on Egret Island, torn between her husband and rising desire for a soon-to-be monk. Michael Lindley's The Seasons of the EmmaLee.
A compelling tale of unexpected love, betrayal, murder and redemption set in idyllic Charlevoix during the 1940's and present day.Bradley T. Platt's Deadstream.
A young boy discovers his mother's body, a special agent delves into the investigation of a local law
officer's drug trafficking — and it all happens in Houghton Lake.
Lynda Twardowski is travel editor of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine.
email@example.comNote: This article was first published in July 2006 and was updated for the web February 2008.