After long last, it finally feels like summer is here! Temperatures have reached the high eighties this week and will continue to soar into the nineties in the next two days and into the weekend.
It’s time to head to the beach or sit back, relax, and read a good book by the pool with a cocktail in hand. Here are Philly Happening’s picks for six summer reads that take place in Philadelphia.
In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner, a Philadelphia-based author, tells the story of a complicated relationship between two sisters and their grandmother. Rose, one of the main characters, lives in an apartment in Rittenhouse Square. The novel was made into a movie in 2005 starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine.
Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, a Camden N.J.-based author, tells the story of a man with bi-polar disorder who is released from a psychiatric hospital and moves back home with his parents. The man forms a relationship with a recently widowed woman who offers to help him get his wife back if he enters a dance competition with her. In 2012, the novel was made into a wildly-successful film starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker, and Robert De Niro.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, who grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and graduated from Great Valley High School in Malvern, tells the story of a teenage girl, who after being raped and murdered in Norristown, watches from her personal heaven as her friends and family struggle to move on with their lives. The girl must also come to terms with her own death. The novel won critical-praise and in 2009 was made into a film starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, and Susan Sarandon.
In the Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert, the best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, weaves a glorious fictional tale of botany, exploration and desire that begins in Philadelphia and ends in Europe, over the course of 19 years.
In the Legacy of Us, local author Kristin Contino takes readers from 1905 Italy to present-day Philadelphia. The Legacy of Us uncovers how the lives of three generations of women are changed by love, loss, and one little necklace.
In Fever of 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson tells the story of an epidemic fever that sweeps the streets of 1793 Philadelphia. The main character, Mattie Cook, must learn how to quickly survive in a city turned frantic with disease. This young adult/teen novel chronicles the real-life-yellow fever outbreak in Philadelphia.