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Notable: beach books


Beach books

Here are three engaging new novels from bestselling authors to tuck into your beach bag.

Five Miles South of Peculiar (Howard Books) by Angela Hunt, who lives in the Tampa Bay area, focuses on the three Caldwell sisters as they cope with adult disappointments and their relationship to their beloved Southern home.

The Next Best Thing (Atria Books) by Jennifer Weiner is the comic tale of a young woman trying to make it as a writer in Hollywood who finally gets her big chance as a sitcom show runner (as Weiner did with ABC Family's State of Georgia).

Ocean Beach (Berkley) by Wendy Wax, a former Tampa Bay area resident, is set in Miami's South Beach, where three friends are restoring a historic house in front of the cameras of a reality TV show — while trying to solve a mystery and brace for a hurricane.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor