Library Corner: Forget Beach Reads: Here are the summer’s most anticipated ‘Mountain Reads’ |

Library Corner: Forget Beach Reads: Here are the summer’s most anticipated ‘Mountain Reads’

Anna Szczepanski
Grand County Library District

The term “beach read” has risen in popular culture to become every publisher’s favorite summer marketing scheme. What is a “beach read,” you may ask? The term is synonymous with light (usually paperback), airy page-turners that ask little of the reader besides a sunny day and a relatively sand-free towel. If you search for lists of beach reads, pages of results abound.

Here in Grand County our beaches are small and adjacent to cold running rivers and pristine lakes. So I am taking the term “beach read” and raising it up—both in elevation and in the depth of the writing. Beach reads may be light and fun, but “mountain reads” boast more gravitas. It may be a little more work to finish a mountain read. After all, the air is thinner up here.

Forget beach reads this summer and check out one of these mountain reads from your local library branch:

“Bearskin” by James A. McLaughlin (coming June 12, 2018): Set in the Appalachian mountains, any book that starts with the discovery of a bear’s carcass has great appeal. This thriller follows Rice Moore, a biologist caretaker of a vast Virginia land preserve. Bears are being baited and killed by poachers, and Rice’s determination to catch them leads him down a trail that intertwines with a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. Bearskin tells of the mountain way of life: a rural setting, a loner protagonist, and a suspense-filled journey.

“Love and Ruin” by Paula McLain (available now): The author of the Paris Wife is back with a biographical work of fiction about Ernest Hemingway’s third wife, Martha Gelhorn. This novel is both a love story following their courtship and marriage, and is also a feminist story of Gelhorn’s independent spirit as a traveler and one of the most important war correspondents of the 20th century. McLain is an expert and bringing the history to life while being true to the interesting facts that make this story so compelling.

“Hiking Grand County, Colorado” (Fourth Edition) by Deborah Carr and Lou Ladrigan (available now): A Grand County staple for every hiker, backpacker or explorer, the new edition arrives in the nick of time, as our 2012 copies are tattered from being thrown in backpacks and consulted during rainstorms. The new edition includes 16 additional trails —we like the looks of the Jean Miller Pass and Wilman-Caddel Peak hike. Copies are available at all Grand County Library branches.

So leave the beach reading to the beach-dwellers this summer and check out one of these mountain reads. A good book is a great companion in a tent, beside a rushing river, or even tucked under a quilt on a cool summer night.

Anna Szczepanski is director of library resources and technology for the Grand County Library District.

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