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Beach Bag of Books 2018

Beach Bag of Books

Beach Bag of Books 2018

It's time to think about summer reading. We're talking about the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back with and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf and great reading. You supply the beach chair, and we'll provide the fantastic book ideas in our Seventh Annual Beach Bag of Books Feature and Contest. Enter now through Monday, July 9th at noon ET for your chance to be one of five lucky readers who will win a copy of each of the featured books.

This year's featured titles:

  • COOPER’S CHARM by Lori Foster
  • DIETLAND by Sarai Walker
  • EDEN by Andrea Kleine
  • THE FAVORITE SISTER by Jessica Knoll
  • THE NIGHT SHE WON MISS AMERICA by Michael Callahan
  • SYMPATHY by Olivia Sudjic
  • THIS IS JUST MY FACE: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe

To enter, please fill out the form below by Monday, July 9th at noon ET.

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Cooper's Charm by Lori Foster - Fiction


Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancé, a successful store and a busy, happy existence. After months spent adrift, she takes a job at the lakeside resort of Cooper’s Charm. Visiting Cooper’s Charm to check up on her little sister, Ridley Rose impulsively agrees to fill in as housekeeper. Still reeling from an ego-bruising divorce, she finds satisfaction in a job well done --- and in the attention of the resort’s handsome scuba instructor.

Dietland by Sarai Walker - Fiction


Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed --- because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged, mocked, or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Then, when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming “beautiful.”

Eden by Andrea Kleine - Fiction


Every other weekend, Hope and Eden wait for their father to pick them up, as he always does, at a strip-mall bus stop. Only this weekend, he’s forgotten, and their world will irrevocably change when a stranger lures them into his truck with a false story and smile. More than twenty years later, Hope is that classic New York failure: a playwright with only one play produced long ago, newly evicted from an illegal sublet, working a humiliating temp job. Eden has long since distanced herself from her family, and no one seems to know where she is. When the man who abducted them is up for parole, the sisters might be able to offer testimony to keep him jailed. Suspenseful and moving, EDEN asks: how much do our pasts define us, and what price do we pay if we break free?

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll - Thriller


When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series, the producers never expect the season will end in murder. Brett is the fan favorite. The meteoric success of her spin studio --- and her recent engagement to her girlfriend --- has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her castmates. Kelly is Brett’s older sister and business partner. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now --- a role that requires her to protect their shocking secret. Stephanie, the first black cast member, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett --- and resentment soon breeds contempt.

The Night She Won Miss America by Michael Callahan - Historical Fiction


Betty Jane Welch reluctantly enters the Miss Delaware contest to make her mother happy, only to surprisingly find herself the judges' choice. Just like that, she's catapulted into the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Luckily, her pageant-approved escort for the week is the dashing but mercurial Griffin McAllister, and she falls for him hard. But when the spirited Betty unexpectedly wins the crown and sash, she finds she may lose what she wants most: Griff's love. To keep him, she recklessly agrees to run away together. The chase is on as the cops and a scrappy reporter secretly in love with the beauty queen threaten to unravel everything --- and expose Griff's darkest secret.

Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic - Fiction


At twenty-three Alice Hare, a loner, arrives in New York with only the vaguest of plans: to find a city to call home. Instead she discovers the online profile of a Japanese writer called Mizuko Himura, whose stories blur the line between autobiography and fiction. Alice becomes infatuated with Mizuko from afar, convinced this stranger’s life holds a mirror to her own. Realities multiply as Alice closes in on her “internet twin,” staging a chance encounter and inserting herself into his orbit. When Mizuko disappears, Alice is alone and adrift again. Tortured by her silence, Alice uses the only tool at her disposal, writing herself back into Mizuko’s story, with disastrous consequences.

This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe - Nonfiction


In THIS IS JUST MY FACE, Gabourey Sidibe --- the “gives-zero-effs queen of Hollywood AND perceptive best friend in your head” (Lena Dunham) --- paints her unconventional rise to fame with full-throttle honesty. Sidibe tells engrossing, inspiring stories about her Bed-Stuy/Harlem/Senegalese family life with a polygamous father and a gifted mother who supports her two children by singing in the subway, her first job as a phone sex “talker,” and her Oscar-nominated role in Lee Daniels’s Precious.