Beach Reads: Hot New Books for the Summer

When on summer vacation, a good book can be just as important as sunscreen and a bathing suit. John Jurgensen, entertainment reporter at the Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition, has a list of books -- from fiction to memoirs -- that are certain to please every kind of reader.

The complete list of Jurgensen's summer reading recommendations is below. For each category he presented a number of books. But his #1 pick is the item bolded and starred.


* "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen

"The Whole World Over" by Julia Glass

"One Mississippi" by Mark Childress "Terrorist" by John Updike

"Digging to America" by Anne Tyler

"The Syringa Tree" by Pamela Gien

"The Girls" by Lori Lansens

Summer Favorites

* "Sandcastles" by Luanne Rice

"Beach Road" by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge

"Crisis" by Robin Cook

"Gone" by Jonathan Kellerman

"Angels Fall" by Nora Roberts

"At Risk" by Patricia Cornwell


* "The Poe Shadow" by Matthew Pearl

"The Cold Moon" by Jeffery Deaver

"The Closers" by Michael Connelly "The Messenger" by Daniel Silva

"Takedown" by Brad Thor


* "Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee" by Charles Shields

"My Life in France" by Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme

"Mostly True" by Molly O'Neill

"Til The Fat Girl Sings" by Sharon Wheatley

"Target Underwear And A Vera Wang Gown" by Adena Halpern


* "The Good Good Pig" by Sy Montgomery

"Heat" by Bill Buford

"Tabloid Love" by Bridget Harrison

"Revolutionary Characters" by Gordon S. Wood

"Guests of the Ayatollah" by Mark Bowden


* "Seaworthy" by T. R. Pearson

"Fantasyland" by Sam Walker

"My Life In And Out of the Rough" by John Daly

"Nature Noir" by Jordan Fisher Smith

"Clemente" by David Maraniss

"The Big Bam" by Leigh Montville