McLean & Eakin Booksellers, an independent bookstore located in the quaint downtown of Petoskey, Michigan, has been helping customers find the perfect book for 20 years.

The staff at McLean & Eakin knows that to spend a summer afternoon reading on a Northern Michigan beach is to experience bliss. Spread out your blanket on a warm sandy shore and turn the crisp pages of these summer 2015 beach reads while listening to the perfect sound of the waves.

Top 5 Beach Reads:

1. “In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume

In the winter of 1951-1952, a succession of planes crashed into the small town of Elizabeth, New Jersey, leaving the community devastated. “In the Unlikely Event” by bestselling author Judy Blume, who experienced the tragedy, tells the story of 15-year-old Miri Ammerman and how she deals with the worst year of her life.

“I want to put this book in the hands of everyone,” says owner Jessilynn Norcross. 


Circling the Sun


2. “Circling The Sun” by Paula McLain (Release date: July 26)

Beryl Markham, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean from east to west, grew up in colonial Kenya in the 1920s. This novel tells the story of her childhood and her struggles to fit in while growing up as a British girl in Africa during the British colonization of the country.

“Better than ‘The Paris Wife,'” Jessilynn. 


The Precious One


3. “The Precious One” by Marisa de los Santos

Eustacia “Taisy” Cleary has only seen her father Wilson Cleary once since he left his family 17 years ago. Now he’s asking her to visit him, his new wife Caroline and their perfect teenage daughter Willow. Taisy’s curiosity gets the best of her and she agrees.

“The writing is poetic, and the story has a pace that makes you turn the pages,” Jessilynn.


Pirate Hunters


4. “Pirate Hunters” by Robert Kurson

The true story of two men and their legendary search to find the “Golden Fleece,” the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister whose lore had been lost beneath the sea. If successful, John Chatterton and John Mattera will make history as only one other pirate ship has ever been found and successfully identified.

“No one has not liked this book, which is pretty rare for a work of nonfiction,” Jessilynn. 


Kitchens of the Great Midwest


5. “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal

Debut novelist J. Ryan Stradal tells the story of of Eva Thorvald as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club.

“Biting satire and very witty,” Jessilynn. 

J. Ryan Stradal will be at McLean & Eakin on August 4.


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