You Still Have Time For A Great Summer Read!

It has just dawned on me that summer as we know it is almost at a close. Schools are opening, carefully, and with great care, September is lurking like a giant ogre just waiting to pounce.  And for those of you still hoping to get some great in, I’m posting a list for you to consider. I have not read all of these. I could only wish. But they are on my list.

  • MIGRATIONS by McConaghy (review coming soon )
  • THE WEDDING THIEF by  Mary Simses *
  • THE KEY LIME CRIME by Lucy Burdette*
  • MOTHERLAND by Leah Franqui
  • 28 SUMMERS by Elin Hilderbrand*
  • THE HENNA ARTIST by Alka Joshi
  • THE ORDER  by Daniel Silva (review coming soon )
  • A WEEK AT SURFSIDE  by Pierce Koslosky Jr.*
  • WANT by Lynn Steger Strong
  • ON OCEAN  BOULEVARD by Mary Alice Monroe *
  • SEX AND VANITY by Kevin Kwan*

You’ll notice that I starred several of the titles. That’s because they are so totally suited for right now at end of summer. I’m currently reading  A WEEK AT SURFSIDE and I will say right off that I don’t usually read short stories. But I was immediately drawn into this book. It’s a trade paperback and it will have you at the and wading in the surf  in no time flat.

I sit here at my desk in my looking out over a colorful sky filled with shades of lavender and pinks and oranges into the setting sun. I am surrounded by stacks of books needing to be read or reviewed; some physical books, some digital review copies. It is always thus at summer’s end. I begin the summer thinking I will be able to catch up on and even get ahead. It’s never the case. And even in this challenging time of the pandemic, there are still books aplenty. That is a good thing. I have dozens of books to consider for reviews and talks. It is all good.

I’m discovering titles coming in the new year by authors you and I both love. How fun it will be to have these to look forward to. And a huge title by Ken Follett coming next month.

Okay, readers, go forth and read.  There is no better time to read than right this moment in time.

Maurice Introduces Great Summertime Reads!!

I always look forward to summer. I begin sniffing beach reads out in the middle of winter. Some years I am rewarded with several really good ones. This year I feel I have hit the jackpot and then some!!Boy oh Boy do I have some great titles to throw your way. They are not all coming out at once so you can pace yourself. One after the other, after the other. I just could not believe my good luck.  And, here, without further ado, is a list of some of  the best novels coming out this summer. They are all well-written with memorable characters and great stories.

28 Summers ( June 16 )

I’m posting 28 SUMMERS by Elin Hilderbrand first because it’s the first great summer novel I’ve read this year. It’s so good that I totally lost myself inside it. I know you will too. Pub date is June 16.

Big Summer ( May 5 )

I downloaded a digital review copy of BIG SUMMER a couple weeks ago. Did not expect to read nonstop, but that is exactly what happened.  And look, another great cover.

Hello, Summer( May 5 )

With HEllO, SUMMER,  Mary Kay Andrews brings us to the beach, introduces us to rich and colorful characters, and throws in a mystery.  This one truly has something for everyone.

SUMMER LONGING by Jamie Brenner takes us back to the summer playground of Provincetown, Mass.

This is Jamie’s third or maybe even fourth novel and if you’ve not yet read her you are in for a treat. If you are already a fan like me, well, here you are.

Summer Longing ( May 5 )

ON OCEAN BOULEVARD by Mary Alice Monroe is taking us back to Isle of Palm in South Carolina. Back to the beach. Back to the characters I’ve fallen in love with over the years. And back to the beloved sea turtles. This year Monroe is tackling that big pile of plastic in the oceans. She’s done it again with this new novel. ( May 19)

On Ocean Boulevard


BEACH READ by Emily  Henry is coming out in a trade paperback form. Perfect for tossing in your beach bag. The cover will beckon and the characters and the light story will keep you involved in this contemporary romance that is just right for now.

Beach Read ( May 19 )


SECOND HOME will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you think you are getting to know a midwestern family who travel each summer to their much-loved cottage on Cape Cod.  This one is not quite as light. It  made the Critic’s Choice Summer List.

The Second Home

Christina Clancy ( June 2 )


THE LAST TRAIN TO KEY WEST  is graced with a perfect cover and a story to go with. I love Key West and this novel about the unnamed hurricane that struck the Keys in 1935 is just what you need. It’s a real winner. ( June 16)

The Last Train To Key West

THE KEY LIME CRIME by Lucy Burdette is a yummy cozy novel that’s the latest in the Key West Food Critic’s series. Reading this  mystery novel is like taking a trip south to the island paradise that we know of as Key West. Revisit the restaurants, ride the Conch Train, and even be at the sunset celebration to catch the sights. Oh, and their’s a murder…….

The Key Lime Crime ( July 7 )


THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES by Kristin Harmel

The Book of Lost Names

is well worth waiting until late July for.  Kristin is once again in France during the Holocaust. She’s using the background of real forgers, and one a woman, to tell a story that begs to be told. For you WW11 history buffs. Do not miss this.

There will be more but this is enough for now. I think there is something for everyone. Even the lighter  novels are so well-written. I would not usually be covering this many beach reads but, this is certainly the summer for it!

Your friends at Copperfish Books will have copies of most of these books in stock on their pub dates.  They can always be ordered and shipped as well. Please do take note of the on-sale date for each book as they will not be available beforehand.

Punta Gorda

Copperfish Books


Elaine Newton-Critic’s Choice 2020 Summer Reading List

  • Amnesty by Aravind Adiga
  • A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
  • Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
  • Lady Clementine by Marie  Benedict
  • Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
  • These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card
  • The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles ( Feb. 2021 )
  • The Second Home by Christina Clancy (6/2/20)
  • Dominica by Angie Cruz
  • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  • Akin by Emma Donahue
  • Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
  • A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
  • Sea Wife by Amity Gaige (4/28/20)
  • The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
  • Writers & Lovers by Lily King
  • The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
  • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
  • The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Deacon King Kong by James McBride
  • Apeirogon by Colum McCann
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
  • Weather by Jenny Offill
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
  • Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin
  • The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine
  • All Adults Here by Emma Straub (5/5/20)
  • Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
  • A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe
  • Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
  • Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

This list has changes in pub dates due to the pandemic. Please note the date in red. I will post more about this list soon.

Ten Of My Favorite Books To Read Right Now

The books on this list are some of my all-time favorites. I promise that these are all amazing. I have heard that people are having a difficult time concentrating on reading right now. I get that. Still, maybe you just need the right books. And here are some of the greats and most of these are in paperback.

Beach Music

I read BEACH MUSIC for the first time in June of 1995 just after it was published. That’s exactly 25 years ago. Wow. I reread it about ten years ago while we were traveling through Italy. It is the Best book I’ve ever read.

Cutting For Stone

Cutting For Stone

Abraham Verghese’s CUTTING FOR STONE is another of the greats. Amazing writing with unforgettable characters that are still living in my mind.

The Invisible Bridge

Invisible Bridge

Julie Orringer’s THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE is the best WWII novel ever. Period.

Amanda Coplin

The Orchardist


THE ORCHARDIST by Amanda Coplin is pure genius. It’s so unique and so unputdownable. Just read it.




I fell in love with PACHINKO because the writing and story reminded me of THE GOOD EARTH by Pearl S. Buck. You will too.

Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone



THE GREAT ALONE is one of those novels that holds you captive. Amazing story in Alaska.

Kristin Harmel

When We Meet Again


WHEN WE MEET AGAIN is set mostly in Florida after WWII and holds little known information. Harmel is an Orlando author who we just love at Copperfish Books.

Chanel Cleeton

Next Year In Havana

You will fall in love with NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA and the lovely cover. Based on the author’s grandmother’s escape from Cuba. Wonderful.

Summer of 69





SUMMER OF 69 is now available in a paperback version making it just right for now. Let’s bring back that fateful summer that most of us remember well.

A Good Neighborhood

Last and brand spanking new comes A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD. It’s wonderful. Can you tell I loved it? It’s a slip of a book but pulls a powerful punch.

All these books are available at Copperfish Books. Nine are available in trade paperback. We have many used copies.  Our store is still open with reduced hours. You can call and reserve your book or have it sent directly to  your house.

Punta Gorda

Copperfish Books

This is a great time to pick up that perfect book that you’ve been meaning to read. And the books on this page are sure to please.

As always, I wish you all a great book. Be safe my reading friends. Be safe.

My Favorite Books of 2019

It’s so hard to choose. Here is the list of the books I enjoyed the most. In no special order.

On The Plain of Snakes

When shoppers overhear me talking to another customer about ON THE PLAIN OF SNAKES  at Copperfish, they can feel the excitement in my voice. I am so passionate about this non-fiction book. You simply have to read it!

Olive, Again

I love the crusty character of Olive Kitteridge. Now she’s older and somewhat wiser, and I love her even more.

Giver of Stars

Jojo Moyes brings us a wonderful insightful novel about the traveling librarians here in our country during the depression. This one is a real keeper. Moyes has really stepped it up.

The Summer Guests

I loved THE SUMMER GUESTS so much that I believe every single soul living in coastal areas that are prone to hurricane evacuations should be required to read this wonderful novel.


AKIN is beautifully written and a delight to read. The old professor and the eleven-year-old boy will have you rolling on the floor in stitches, laughing your head off. It’s also quite poignant.

The Women of the Copper Country

Based on the life of Annie Clements, THE WOMEN OF THE COPPER COUNTRY is a real force filled with strong women and real history.

Chances Are

Richard Russo has knocked it out of the reading park with CHANCES ARE.  Most of you will remember the summer of 69. Here it is in all its glory.

Tell Me A Story


What a joy that Cassandra King Conroy has decided to share parts of her life with Pat Conroy with us. I savored every page.

Save Me The Plums

SAVE ME THE PLUMS is a book to truly be devoured. And so I did.

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six


I am smiling right now just thinking about how much I loved DAISY JONES. Do not miss this one.

The Winemaker’s Wife


My husband and I love good champagne. Harmel serves THE WINE MAKER’S WIFE in a bubbly glass filled with secrets and the  French wine country. Just perfect.

Some Really Great Books For Gift-Giving

Some years I make lists upon lists of books for all ages. This year I have one list. And it’s a good one. In no special order.


EDISON by Edmund Morris  is the perfect book to give this holiday season.  Historians will need it for their libraries. Florida residents will want it for their Florida bookshelves.  And since Edmund Morris is a Pulitzer-winning biographer, everyone else on your list is going to want this book too. Boom!

The Women of the Copper Country

THE WOMEN OF THE COPPER COUNTRY by Mary Doria Russell is a story after my own heart.  It’s for all women. History in a novel. Love it!

The Starless Sea

I loved Erin Morgenstern’s first novel, THE NIGHT CIRCUS. Now she’s back with another blockbuster that will be great all wrapped up and under the tree.  Good for guys and ladies, young adult. Step out of your usual zone and into the magical world of this compelling novel.

Christmas In Vermont

CHRISTMAS IN VERMONT by Anita Hughes is the perfect little novel to brighten up your holiday craziness.  This one is her newest. I fell in love with CHRISTMAS IN PARIS a few years ago and have eagerly awaited each holiday book. A plus is that they are always trade paper. I usually save it for Christmas week.

Our Better Angels

The holidays tend to bring out the best qualities in  most people. OUR BETTER ANGELS is all about kindness and it’s a wonderful gift…


Each holiday I ask for one book. This is it this year. I could so totally move into these homes. This for the book lover on your list.

Tell Me A Story

Everyone loved Pat Conroy. And everyone is going to fall in love with TELL ME A STORY written by his widow, Cassandra King Conroy.  She shares with us parts of their life together and it is a force.

Giver of Stars

Just when I was actually growing weary of Jojo Moyes, along she comes with a fabulous new novel that is based on history and is about books and real people. A great book to find under the Christmas tree.

Most of these books are available at Copperfish Books.  The new hardcovers are discounted 20%.  One gift that is always wildly appreciated is a Copperfish Gift Certificate. They are available in any denomination you choose.  Great gifts for the kids to give their teachers, too.

Copperfish G/C

This is but a sample of the great books of the season. There truly are books for everyone.

World War Two Or Bust!

This is a big year for Holocaust books. It’s the 75th anniversary of the war. That’s a big deal. But I really hadn’t expected so many new novels dealing with WW11. Having said that, I am presenting a few of them for you to choose from. I know some of you will shake your head and say “no more.” I  understand your reluctance. But these fine authors just might change you mind. I am really glad I read them.

Mistress of the Ritz

MISTRESS OF THE RITZ by Melanie Benjamin arrived on the literary scene in May.  Miss Melanie has sure done her homework on this novel. She even stayed at the Ritz and was ushered around behind the scenes. Wow.

The Last Train To London


THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON by Meg Waite Clayton, just had its pub date last week. Based on the Kindertransports in Europe and the real history of a Dutch woman who saved thousands of Jewish children.

Flight Portfolio

Elaine Newton has chosen THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO by Julie Orringer, as one of her lecture series for spring 2020.  Based on a true story of saving art and lives of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust.

The World That We Knew

Coming in October, THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW by Alice Hoffman.  Gorgeous cover and magical story of WW11 and Jewish mysticism.

Cilka’s Journey

CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris is a sequel to the much beloved THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ. Not to be missed.  We learn more about Cilka and her harrowing life inside two prisoner of war camps.

The Winemaker’s Wife


Kristin Harmel brought us THE WINEMAKER’S WIFE a few weeks ago. She traveled to the Champagne region of France and visited with important vintners to give us this enlightening story of the underground in that part of the region during WW11. Kristin will be appearing in Punta Gorda with Copperfish Books in November. More to come of that.


DRAGONFLY  is the new novel by Leila Meacham. She brings us a story of a handful of young American men and women who serve their country at the height of WW11.  It shows how seemingly ordinary people in America worked behind the scenes  and risked their lives.


This is but a few of the new novels coming soon or recently available that show different sides of the war. I have learned that there is always more to learn when it comes to this war. Every story deserves to be told. Just stretch them out.

I’m reading far into next year and can’t wait to share with you the wonderful titles coming our way. Cheers!






The Rest Of Maurice’s Summer Reading List 2019

The New Girl

At the top of my summer reading list is THE NEW GIRL by Daniel Silva. The publisher made me promise NOT to post my review until pub date.  So much about this brilliantly written new novel is right up to date with the news….. It’s a real masterpiece! 7/16 Copperfish Books will have copies on pub date.

Bianca Marais

If You Want To Make God Laugh

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD LAUGH by Bianca Marais blew my mind! Great writing. What a story. South Africa. Loved it. 7/16

Girls Like Us

Alger’s third novel, GIRLS LIKE US, is a murder mystery set on Long Island and based on a true story. It’s fast-paced and perfect for summer. Is available right now.

The Gifted School

THE GIFTED SCHOOL might as well be ripped straight from the headlines of every newspaper in the country. A novel based on how kids get into special schools. A must-read.  Available now.



Karen Dukess

The Last Book Party

Love the cover of THE LAST BOOK PARTY. The perfect beach read that is much more…. This book is just right for bibliophiles and beach lovers. And it’s much more than a beach read. Available now.

Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead needs no introduction.  His first novel after his outrageously successful THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.  This new novel is based on a real story of a home for boys in northern Florida and the hellacious happenings going on within its walls. Do NOT miss this one. It is going to be a force this year. Coming 2/16. We will have copies at Copperfish Books.

Three Ways To Disappear

Mostly set in India present day, this novel by a fresh new author, is a lovely debut. Gorgeous prose.  Complex. 7/16

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Books, a cat, a smart young woman and a bookstore. A great summer read.  Available now in trade paper. You can pick up your copy at Copperfish today.



Chances Are

I’ve been waiting for another novel by Russo for years. Now I’ve got it. You have this to look forward to.  Coming this month. CHANCES ARE.

Don’t forget the sunscreen and lots of water when spending time in the sun.  All you need now is a good strong tote bag to carry all your great books and stuff. Cheers!


More Great Summer Reads!

I promised a list of more great summer reads. Here they are! I know, I know. You are already probably overwhelmed with the sheer number of books being presented for summer reading. It does seem as if every celebrity now is an authority on what books are best to read. I do sometimes chuckle when I see that Reese or Jenna has chosen a book I already LOVE. All good. I love the attention these great books are getting. Well-deserved.  And without any more delay, here you have June’s books!

Jean Kwok

Searching For Sylvie Lee

  • THE SUMMER GUESTS by Mary Alice Monroe

    The Summer Guests

  • THE STATIONERY SHOP by Marjan Kamali

    Marjan Kamali

    The Stationery Shop

  • THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD by Claire Lombardo
  • MEET ME AT THE PIAZZA by Frances Mayes

    Meet Me In The Piazza

  • THE SUMMER OF 69 by Elin Hilderbrand
  • THE SUMMER I MET JACK by Michelle Gable
  • THOSE PEOPLE by Louise Candlish

    The Unbreakables

Maurice Presents 2019 Summer Reading List

I mentioned in my May Musings that I would not overwhelm you with too many books at one time. So, I’m doing something new. I’m giving you a shorter list of books that are already available or coming very soon. Each month I will present MORE.  The new ones will be newly published and truly great reads.

  • THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake ( Put this at the top of your list)
  • SUNSET BEACH by Mary Kay Andrews
  • MISTRESS OF THE RITZ by Melanie Benjamin ( 5/21)
  • SAVE ME THE PLUMS by Ruth Reichl
  • WHEN WE LEFT CUBA by Chanel Cleeton
  • THE EDITOR by Stephen Rowley
  • DAISY JONES AND THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • A WOMAN IS NO MAN by Etaf Rum ( a must-read for all women)
  • Anything by Lucy Burdett.  Her Key West Food Critic’s mystery series is perfect for summer.

Some great authors are coming out with wonderful new books in the next few months. I will present them the first of each month. Don’t miss out. Sign up for Maurice On Books to arrive in your email inbox each time I make a post!