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Beach reads: The top “beach books” for your summer vacations

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You know how sunbathing relaxes your muscles and makes it easier to stretch? We’re pretty sure the same holds true for the brain.

Below is a list of seven books by Maryland authors that expand the definition of “beach read.” There’s even a bonus section for kids.

"The Allergic Boy Versus the Left-Handed Girl: A Novel" by Michael Kun - Original Credit: The Sager Group, LLC
"The Allergic Boy Versus the Left-Handed Girl: A Novel" by Michael Kun - Original Credit: The Sager Group, LLC (HANDOUT)

“The Allergic Boy Versus the Left-Handed Girl”

By Michael Kun. $9.99

How can Jimmy Nail prove he wrote the book that made another man rich and famous? By finding the red-haired girl Jimmy was mad about in college. A new Baltimore novel by one of the most inventive fiction writers around.

"Behind the Mirror: The story of a pioneer in autism treatment and her work with children on the spectrum" by Jeanne Simons as told to and with commentary by Sabine Oishi, PhD" - Original Credit: Johns Hopkins University Press
"Behind the Mirror: The story of a pioneer in autism treatment and her work with children on the spectrum" by Jeanne Simons as told to and with commentary by Sabine Oishi, PhD" - Original Credit: Johns Hopkins University Press (HANDOUT)

“Behind the Mirror”

By Jeanne Simons as told to and with commentary by Sabine Oishi, Ph.D. $34.95

Jeanne Simons founded one of the world’s first schools for children with autism in 1955 in Ellicott City. No one knew that the dedicated educator was autistic herself.

"The Bombay Prince: A Mystery of 1920s India" by Sujata Massey - Original Credit: Soho Press
"The Bombay Prince: A Mystery of 1920s India" by Sujata Massey - Original Credit: Soho Press (HANDOUT)

“The Bombay Prince”

By Sujata Massey. $27.95

The third installment in the Perveen Mistry series is set in 1921 India as Mahatma Gandhi’s independence movement gains steam. Available June 1.

"Bride of the Sea: A Novel" by Eman Quotah - Original Credit: Tin House
"Bride of the Sea: A Novel" by Eman Quotah - Original Credit: Tin House (HANDOUT)

“Bride of the Sea”

By Eman Quotah. $16.95

This ambitious novel moves between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. and touches on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Islamophobia.

"The Cover Wife" by Dan Fesperman - Original Credit: Alfred A. Knopf
"The Cover Wife" by Dan Fesperman - Original Credit: Alfred A. Knopf (HANDOUT)

“The Cover Wife”

By Dan Fesperman. $27

CIA agent Claire Saylor is sent to Germany to pose as the wife of an academic who has published a controversial interpretation of the Quran’s promise to martyrs. Available July 6.

"Hear #MeToo in India: News, Social Media and Sexual Harrassment Activism" by Pallavi Guha - Original Credit: Rutgers University Press
"Hear #MeToo in India: News, Social Media and Sexual Harrassment Activism" by Pallavi Guha - Original Credit: Rutgers University Press (HANDOUT)

“Hear #MeToo in India”

By Pallavi Guha, $28.95

Interviews with 75 journalists and feminists working across India explore how activism targeting sexual harassment is covered by the news media.

"Mary Jane: A Novel" by Jessica Anya Blau - Original Credit: HarperCollins Publishers
"Mary Jane: A Novel" by Jessica Anya Blau - Original Credit: HarperCollins Publishers (HANDOUT)

“Mary Jane”

By Jessica Anya Blau, $27.99

A 14-year-old girl’s job as a nanny introduces her to sex, drugs and group therapy in this novel set in 1970s Baltimore.

For the kids

“Amina’s Song” by Hena Khan

“Kate’s Light” by Elizabeth Spires

“Nana Akua Goes to School” by Tricia Elam Walker

“My First Book of Shona and Ndebele Words” by Yeve C. Sibanda

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