Life's a Beach

Summer is officially on, and we’re packing our bags with sights and sounds straight from the sand.

BEACHES

By Gray Malin, 150 pages, hardcover, Harry N. Abrams

Malin’s awe-inspiring aerial photographs of beaches around the world are shot from doorless helicopters, creating playful and stunning celebrations of light, shape and perspective, as well as summer bliss. Combining the spirit of travel, adventure, luxury and artistry, Malin built his eponymous lifestyle brand from a deep passion for photography and interior design. His work forges the synergy between wanderlust and adventure, creating the ultimate visual escape. Beaches features more than 20 cities across six continents.

PET SOUNDS

By The Beach Boys, Stereo LP, Capitol Records

The Beatles adored it, and the Rolling Stones took out an ad in the British music papers urging everybody to buy it: Pet Sounds is not only the Beach Boys’ best album but also one of the undisputed classics of the ‘60s. Now enjoy it again on original vinyl in celebration of the album’s 50th anniversary.

NATE THE GREAT AND THE BORING BEACH BAG

By Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Marc Simont, 80 pages, Random House Children’s Books

Oliver’s boring beach bag is gone! This is a perfect case for Nate the Great and his trusty dog, Sludge. But there aren’t many clues in the sand and surf. Which trail should they follow? 

TENDER IS THE NIGHT

By F. Scott Fitzgerald, 320 pages, Scribner

Published in 1934, Tender Is the Night was one of the most talked-about books of the year. Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, the book follows the tragic romance of young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own and whose growing strength highlights Dick’s harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character—lyrical, expansive and hauntingly evocative

LOST OCEAN: AN INKY ADVENTURE & COLORING BOOK

By Johanna Basford, 80 pages, Penguin Publishing Group

With this coloring book for adults, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopuses and delicately penned seahorses. Visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will welcome this creative journey into an inky new world.

THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS

By Sy Montgomery, 272 pages, Atria Books

The intelligence of dogs, birds and chimpanzees was only recently accepted by scientists, who now are establishing the intelligence of the octopus, watching them solve problems and deciphering the meaning of their color-changing camouflage techniques. Montgomery chronicles this growing appreciation of the octopus but also tells a love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds. 

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