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Top 5 Summer Books

'The Aviator's Wife,' 'Almost Hollywood,' 'Finding the Fountain of Youth,' 'A Curious Man' and 'Unnatural Creatures'

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THE AVIATOR’S WIFE

Melanie Benjamin

Release date Jan. 15, 2013

The latest from novelist Melanie Benjamin, “The Aviator’s Wife” delves into the lives of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. A New York Times bestseller, the book follows Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, as she meets and falls in love with Col. Charles Lindbergh right after he completed his famous 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. USA Today described “The Aviator’s Wife,” spanning from the late ’20s to the mid-’60s, including their baby's tragic kidnaping and death, as “Anne Morrow Lindbergh narrates the story of the Lindberghs’ troubled marriage in all its triumph and tragedy.”

 

ALMOST HOLLYWOOD: THE FORGOTTEN STORY OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

Blair Miller

Release date June 16, 2013

“Almost Hollywood” follows the motion picture industry as it developed in Jacksonville after the turn of the 20th Century. By 1915, Jacksonville counted more than 30 studios and became known as the “winter film capital of the world.” In the book, Miller describes how the River City went from a booming filmmaking destination to a town overshadowed by Hollywood's new movie industry.

 

FINDING THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: PONCE DE LEON AND FLORIDA’S MAGICAL WATERS

Rick Kilby

Release date May 14, 2013

“Finding the Fountain of Youth” examines Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León and his quest to find the Fountain of Youth. Crammed with postcards, vintage advertisements and photos, Kilby's book also addresses the problems associated with protecting Florida’s fragile springs.

 

A CURIOUS MAN: THE STRANGE & BRILLIANT LIFE OF ROBERT ‘BELIEVE IT OR NOT!’ RIPLEY

Neal Thompson

Release date May 7, 2013

Have you ever wondered how Robert Ripley built his vast collection of the world’s strangest oddities? Then pick up a copy of “A Curious Man.” Thompson digs into the life of the cartoonist-turned-globetrotting-millionaire who sought out the world's eccentrics, freaks and those odd folks who do weird things, including E.L. Blystone, who wrote 2,871 legible letters on a grain of rice.

 

UNNATURAL CREATURES: STORIES SELECTED

Neil Gaiman

Release date April 23, 2013

New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman gathered 16 stories — ranging from the whimsical to the terrifying — and placed them in “Unnatural Creatures.” Sales of the book benefit 826DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students’ creative writing ventures. This new HarperCollins publication features works by authors like E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones and Gahan Wilson. 

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