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Our  First Beach/Rainy Day/Block Island Summer Reads for 2018

It’s been difficult for us to narrow our favorite reads to just four or five, but here is our first round of recommendations. We invite you to come to Island Bound Bookstore to tell us about what you’ve been reading and what you would recommend. We'll be adding to this as the summer goes on.

Elizabeth Berg
The Story of Arthur Truluv
Heartwarming, delightful read of an old man who goes to the cemetery every day to feel close to his deceased wife and encounters a teenage girl who marches to a different drummer. The girl becomes his friend, along with a lonely, elderly neighbor. The three — all of whom have suffered loss come together in a different kind of family. You will love Arthur Truluv and it is the perfect read to offset the world around us. Here’s what one review said: “For several days after [finishing The Story of Arthur Truluv], I felt lifted by it, and I found myself telling friends, also feeling overwhelmed by 2017, about the book. Read this, I said, it will offer some balance to all that has happened, and it is a welcome reminder we’re all neighbors here.” (Chicago Tribune)

Georgia Hunter
We Were The Lucky Ones
A New York Times Bestseller, this is historical fiction based on a true story of one Polish Jewish family who were separated at the beginning of World War II, but miraculously survived. Each sibling and their parents endured his/her own particular horror, which is woven together by the author. This story is the story of the author’s family, who wasn’t even aware that she was descended from Holocaust survivors until she was 15 years old and a teacher assigned a project that led her to interview her grandmother. A beautiful book that we defy you to read without weeping.

Hannah Kristin
The Great Alone
An instant bestseller and a tour de force of a story set in Alaska. Love in all its forms — good and bad — is encompassed in this epic novel of a war-damaged man, his wife, and daughter who move to Alaska to start a new life. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature. A great read. “Epic.” (Washington Post)

Tara Westover
Educated: A Memoir
This has to be one of the best books of 2018. While non-fiction, it is a page-turner and one of those that make you believe that life is stranger (and sometimes worse) than fiction. This is the story of a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist — and extremely abusive and dysfunctional — family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. “Heart-wrenching . . . a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.” (The New York Times)

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Waking Lions
An Israeli physician accidently hits an Eritrean man with his car and leaves the scene. The story unfolds from here, incorporating the dead man’s wife, who was abused by her husband, but blackmails the physician to treat refugees; and the physician’s wife, who is a policeman. A page-turning thriller but is more than that as ethical issues are wrapped around everyone’s actions. “Waking Lions, in a propulsive translation from Hebrew by Sondra Silverston, yokes a crime story to thorny ethical issues in ways reminiscent of Donna Tartt and Richard Price...it’s a rare book that can trouble your conscience while holding you in a fine state of suspense.” (Wall Street Journal)


The Great Alone: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312577230
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2018

Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

We Were the Lucky Ones: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563096
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Published: Penguin Books - January 2nd, 2018

Waking Lions Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316395410
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 27th, 2018

The Story of Arthur Truluv: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400069903
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Published: Random House - November 21st, 2017