Some new, hot beach reads from Elizabeth Gilbert, Jennifer Weiner

Dorothea Benton Frank and Nicole Dennis-Benn offer new summer reading, too.
Published May 31

Need a few more books for your beach tote? Here are some fresh ones.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Known for her memoirs, like the wildly bestselling Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert returns to her roots in fiction with this coming-of-age story set in the 1940s. Vivian Morris flunks out of her freshman year at Vassar and moves in with her aunt, who runs a New York City theater where the young woman discovers a world of colorful characters. (Available June 4)

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

The second novel by the author of Here Comes the Sun weaves together the story of the title character, who leaves behind her life in Jamaica to try to find love and happiness in the United States, and the fate of Tru, the young daughter she leaves behind. (Available June 4)

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank

Frank’s books practically defined the beach book genre, and this, her 20th novel, continues that tradition. Quiet beekeeper Holly lives with her domineering mother on Sullivans Island, but her serenity is upset when flamboyant sister Leslie returns home. (Available now)

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

The latest from the author of such warm and witty books as Who Do You Love follows the lives of sisters Jo and Bethie Kaufman, from their 1950s childhood through the turmoil of the ’60s into adulthoods that are not at all what they expected. (Available June 11)

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