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Brookline Booksmith is much more than a Coolidge Corner landmark—with more than fifty years under its belt, the shop was at one point one of a handful of paperback-only bookstores in the country. Since then, it's expanded its offerings to all things literature, from hardcovers to used books, giftable items and e-books. Taking reading a step further, the institution also draws notable authors for speaking series (explore the calendar here).
Considering that beach season is upon us, we asked manager and co-owner Dana Brigham to recommend three titles she thinks should have a spot in your tote bag this summer.
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian: "A fast-paced, gritty and believable novel which takes place in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont involving a nuclear power plant meltdown. Emily, 14, feels guilt by association because her parents both worked there, were killed and possibly responsible. She goes on the run along with other loners looking to survive. This is a contemporary and controversial read."
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: "This novel is a brilliant tale, brilliantly told. It has everything—magic, high adventure, mystery and romance. Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, must reclaim her mother's throne and learn to be a ruler against huge odds. She needs to earn the trust and loyalty of her subjects and learn to use the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense power. Hooked yet? You will be!"
The Quick by Lauren Owen: "This debut novelist captures the pacing and cadence of Victorian fiction at its best. With its formal language, diverse cast of characters and a bloody secret at its center, the book is very much a Victorian gothic novel written for a 21st century reader."
· Local Bookstores to Keep Every Bookworm's Shelves Stocked [Racked Boston]
· Brookline Booksmith [Official Site]
· All Beach Reads posts [Racked Boston]