As Gershwin so famously stated, “summertime and the living is easy!” So shouldn’t picking your beach/poolside reads also be? Here is what Readers' Advisory is looking forward to delving into during these last days of summer. It is a lot like us, eclectic with some old friends making an appearance and some new things to look forward to!

Priscilla remembers beaching it and loving Helen Fielding’s wonderful book Bridget Jones's Diary. Bridget and her escapades kept Priscilla and her daughters laughing all the way through. She and the rest of the RA staff are also looking forward to Richard Russo’s latest, That Old Cape Magic. Russo leaves the familiar territory of upstate New York and this time sets his story in Cape Cod. Jack Griffin uses a trip to the Cape as a trip down Memory Lane with some surprising results. No one can do characters like Russo and we cannot wait to meet this latest group.
If  you are looking for a locale book, I am having lots of fun with Nancy Thayer’s Summer House. Set on Nantucket it tells the story of the Wheelwright family. This is a classic summer beach read with all the elements; great summer location, a family with secrets, and an easy breezy story telling manner.
 
 
For classics in a truer sense Marianne plans on taking another go at The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. She proclaims this 1919 masterpiece great reading any time of the year.
Pat is re-reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. We all feel that it is one of those wonderful books that you need to re-visit from time to time. She is hoping that this will make waiting for Jeannette Walls sophomore effort, Half Broke Horses (Oct. 2009) go a little faster. Walls is taking the life of her tough as nails grandmother and turning it into fictionalized account of her life. 
 
   
Barbara  M. heartily endorses Cutting for Stone, and we all have to agree that it is the best novel we have read this year.   If you are looking for the sort of book that envelopes you and causes you to live in a world utterly unlike your own, look no further. This is more than the story of Marion and Shiva, twins orphaned at birth, this is the also the story of their extended family and the denizens of their home, a hospital in Ethiopia. Verghese makes you really love and care about these characters and the journey that their lives take. For sheer fun Barbara likes Janet Evanovich’s latest offering Finger Licking Fifteen. Stephanie Plum is back and as always on the case to solve a mystery with her usual wit and humor.
Some of our current non-fiction picks include Farm City: The Education of an Urban Gardener Novella Carpenter looks at the empty lot next to her apartment building and sees not urban blight but a chance to grow some fruits and vegetables. One thing leads to another and somehow bees, chickens, rabbits and two pigs come into the picture.   Crazy for the Storm is something that Erica L. and several other staff members are enjoying. Eleven year old Norman Ollestad survives a plane crash that kills his father and his father’s girlfriend, but can he make it down the mountain face to safety? Fordlandia; The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s forgotten Jungle City  is the perfect example of the phrase “ well it seemed a good idea at the time”. Henry Ford decided to take a rubber plantation in the middle of the Brazilian jungle and build the ideal industrial American city complete with an Opera House and of course, square dancing . As you can imagine, this did not end the way he had hoped.
This is a list with a little something for everyone. So, pack up the beach bag with sun block, a bottle of water and some good reading. Because, honestly, is there any better way to spend a summer afternoon?