Beach Bag Books for Old Farts

BeachIt’s that time again when AARP makes a few suggests for adult summer reading. I suppose that the designation of “beach reads” allows for a tendency to suggest breezy popular fare but I can reasonably predict that I will not be reading any of these titles this summer. In New Jersey we rented a house at the Shore every year and three families (or so) spent a week or two toasting in the sun, overeating, and trying to read while the swim suits got smaller and smaller on the women and girls cavorting in the surf (so distracting). For me this was a chance to read some of those truly fat and difficult books that otherwise would gather dust on my shelves year after year. For some reason I tended to go for the Russian authors.

I know I read these titles while laying on the beach in the hot sun:

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Summer Reading

Tin HouseMy idea of a popular yet informative approach to contemporary literature and the newest writers around the world is the journal Tin House. I’ve spoken of this journal before and will continue to suggest everyone to at least take a peek into an issue if not go for a regular subscription. I have nothing to do with the publication but I know that most of my friends who have followed my advice are quite pleased with Tin House.

Today the mailman stuffed my mailbox with multiple issues of travel brochures from a company I used over five years ago (they just won’t give up but I will say, their brochures are lovely and their printing must have been costly: too bad I just toss them in the garbage), two or three bills or invoices, a real estate come-on, and Volume 15, Number 4 of Tin House full of interesting Summer Reading. Now I have enjoyed two cups of coffee at my desk while I reviewed the great stuff in this newest issue.

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The Latest Issue of Tin House … Get It!

VOLUME 14, NUMBER 4
Summer Reading

Tin HouseBeading sweat on a glass of iced lemonade. Pockets of cool air in corners shadowed from sun. Trash stewing in dumpsters, sewage steaming up through storm drains. The neighbors noisily barbecuing their way through the weekend. All of these things are summer. So is Tin House #56.

Assuage the heat with Stephen King’s spin on the fleeting—or perhaps not-so-fleeting—moment between life and death. Watch with Dylan Landis as two teenaged girls try to take control of their lives by taking a gun for a walk. Glimpse the dark world inside a stranger’s house with Jodi Angel. Read new poetry from the magnificent Sophie Cabot Black and Tom Sleigh. Hear Margaret Atwood talk dystopia and ask, “What is writing?” with Elissa Schappell. Find all this and more in the Tin House summer reading issue.

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