Beach Reads

We asked our friends at WordsWorth Books & Co. in Little Rock to clue us in on the books they’re tucking into their beach bags this summer. Here’s the skinny:

marciaKempSterlingOne Summer in Arkansas
By Marcia Kemp Sterling
“Growing up in Texarkana and now living in Palo Alto, Calif., Ms. Sterling has roots in both the South and on the West Coast. Her story revolves around a young Stanford graduate who comes home to small-town Arkansas to work for one summer. There are many subtle themes and plot twists in this multilayered book.”

grahamNownArkansas Godfather: The Story of Owney Madden and How He Hijacked Middle America
By Graham Nown
“Here is another Arkansas book—this time a true story told by a British author. Owney Madden was Arkansas’ most famous gangster. Seeking refuge from both the law and other gangsters, Madden escaped from New York’s Hell’s Kitchen to Hot Springs, married the postmaster’s daughter and continued his illegal enterprises for many years.”

paultherouxThe Lower River
By Paul Theroux
“When he was a young man, Ellis Hock spent four of the best years of his life with the Peace Corps in Malawi. When his wife of 42 years leaves him, he decides to return to the African village where he was stationed in search of his former happiness. However, after some portentous mishaps, Hock finds himself trapped in a ruined land of desperate people. The reader is kept in suspense up until the last pages of the book.”

By Stephen King
“Joyland is at once a mystery, a horror story and a bittersweet coming-of-age novel. Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of Devin Jones, a college student turned carnie, whose life is forever altered by the legacy of a vicious murder and the fate of a dying child.”

robertGoolrick-postHeading Out to Wonderful
By Robert Goolrick
“It is the summer of 1948 when a handsome, charismatic stranger, Charlie Beale, shows up in the Virginian hamlet of Brownsburg, where the people live a quiet and patriotic lifestyle, teaching their families to cherish the traditions that define them. This haunting story, full of foreboding, mystery and innuendo, is a flashback told by Brownsburg resident Sam Haislet, who recounts events from half a century before through the innocent lens of his childhood.”

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