Fine Print: August Beach Reads

Whether your summer is slowing down or just heating up, there’s no doubt that you deserve a quiet minute to yourself. One of our favorite pastimes here at the beach is to settle in, dig our feet in the sand, and dive into a great read! Our literature expert,  Jamie Mangas, has picked and reviewed four books perfect for summer reading, plus one fabulous, drool-worthy cookbook full of delicious interviews and recipes.





THE LAST SUMMER at CHELSEA BEACH by Pam Jenoff: The year is 1941 and the world ripe with war. Italian born Adelia “Addie” Monteforte is young, scared, and alone while traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to America, leaving her parents behind. Her kind-hearted aunt and uncle open their arms to Addie and try to help her assimilate from Fascist Italy to the land of the free by living seaside for the summer. (Read the entire review in our Fine Print section in our AUG/SEP print issue). FICTION: MIRA Books, $14.95











CENTER OF GRAVITY by Laura McNeill: Life with her two sons and husband couldn’t be more perfect for Ava Carson…reality isn’t always actuality. FICTION: Thomas Nelson, $15.99











WINDBLOWNE by Stephen Messer: Meet Oliver, the fool of Windblowne. Oliver is swept into a mystery that will change everything he knew to be true. YA FICTION: Bluefire, $6.99













LITTLE RED WRITING by Joan Holub; illustrated by Melissa Sweet: Travel along with Little Red’s story as she learns what it means to be a hero through writing. CHILDREN’S FICTION: Chronicle Books LLC, $16.99










CHEFS of the COAST by John E. Betchelor: Local to North Carolina, John E. Batchelor is a renowned food critic, writer, and restaurant reviewer. So who better than him to compile a book full of delicious interviews and recipes from the coast of our beloved state?  NONFICTION: John F. Blair, Publisher, $19.95








(read the full book reviews in our Fine Print section in our AUG/SEP print issue)

 Find these and other great reads at Pomegranate Books in Wilmington, NC.