Featured favorites: Beach reads

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“Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” by David Sedaris – The newest collection of humorous personal essays by the one and only Sedaris. With his trademark wit and close attention to random detail, he recalls his father’s dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), “saving” a group of baby loggerhead turtles, and the time he considered buying the skull of a murdered Pygmy.

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“Jaws” by Peter Benchley (1974) – A really must-read for Vineyard beachgoers (even if you’ve seen the movie). Just relax, enjoy, and stay on the beach… ($35)

“Summer Sisters” by Judy Blume (1998) – Set in part on the Vineyard, this book recounts the tale of two women in a complicated and dangerous friendship, spiced by love and betrayal. This copy is signed by the author. ($20)

“The Hundred Days” by Patrick O’Brian (1998) is one of the series featuring British naval commander Jack Aubrey and his constant attending physician Dr. Stephen Maturin. Here they take on Napoleon who has escaped from Elba. With the fate of Europe in the balance, who will prevail? Oh, you already guessed… ($15)

“Lost Laysen” by Margaret Mitchell (1996) The long lost novelette by the Pulitzer-winning author of “Gone With the Wind.” A tale of love and honor on a doomed South Pacific island. Included is much fascinating biographical material on Mitchell and her beau, Henry Love Angel. ($20)

“The Shining Tides” by Win Brooks (1952) is as alive and lively today as it was some 60 years ago. The human protagonists are still interesting but contrapuntal to the point of view of Roccus, the great striped bass. ($15)