Vacation Reading List -- Adult

This list of recommended vacation reading for adults is provided by Penguin Young Readers Group and Dorling Kindersley.
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Bad Heir Day
by Wendy Holden
ISBN: 0452281784
Book Description: An aspiring novelist who's never going to be model-thin (the only men who stop her on the street are tourists asking directions), Anna is realistic about her romantic prospects. What's a woman to do? Why, meet a man, of course. His name is Jamie, and he's the dashing heir to a castle in Scotland. Anna can't believe her luck – he's got to be too good to be true. And she just may be right.

Bridget Jones's Diary
by Helen Fielding
ISBN: 0141000198
Book Description: Jones's diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton on a permanently doomed quest for self-improvement.

by Joanne Harris
ISBN: 014100018X
Book Description: In a tiny French town where little has changed in the past century, newcomer Vianne Rocher arrives with her exquisite chocolate shop, which immediately begins to play havoc with the villagers' Lenten vows.

Chosen Prey
by John Sandford
ISBN: 0399147284
Book Description: Davenport is a smart, thoughtful cop whose girlfriend is pressuring him to make a commitment to parenthood and whose boss is about to lose her job in a political turnover.

Cold Paradise
by Stuart Woods
ISBN: 0399147365
Book Description: On the Gold Coast of Florida, Stone Barrington hunts a master of disguise and deceit in this latest thriller.

A Common Life: The Wedding Story
by Jan Karon
ISBN: 0670894370
Book Description: Father Tim finally ties the knot with Cynthia in A Common Life, the latest installment of Jan Karon's beloved Mitford series.

Crazy in the Cockpit: A Woman Pilot's Adventures in the Air
by Randy Blume
ISBN: 0789425726
Book Description: The ad claims Anyone Can Be a Pilot for $20. On a whim, Kendra Davis, a reporter for her college newspaper, decides to test its veracity. Eventually, Kendra meets her goal and is sent to Guam, where it seems the distance from the mainland has enabled her fellows in uniform to abandon professionalism in favor of elephant trunk masks and cockpit water fights.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short
by Terry McMillan
ISBN: 0670896764
Book Description: Much heralded and long awaited, Terry McMillan's tour-de-force novel introduces the Price-family matriarch Viola, her sometimes-husband Cecil, and their four adult kids, each of whom sees life – and one another – through thick and thin, and entirely on their own terms.

The Florabama Ladies' Auxiliary and Sewing Circle
by Lois Battle
ISBN: 0670894699
Book Description: Newly divorced, Bonnie Duke Cullman relocates to Florabama, AL, to take a job as coordinator of a program for displaced homemakers at a community college. It's Bonnie's first job in 25 years, but she quickly overcomes her jitters and starts to enjoy working with her hard-luck clients.

Hearts of Soldiers
by Joan Vannorsdall Schroeder
ISBN: 078942553X
Book Description: Two families fight their own quiet battles in the modern-day Gettysburg, PA.

High Maintenance
by Jennifer Belle
ISBN: 1573221856
Book Description: This is the story of an obsessive love affair between a woman and an apartment.

In Our Nature: Stories of Wilderness
by Donna Seaman
ISBN: 0789426420
Book Description: Fourteen unforgettable short stories provoke, illuminate, and startle as they explore our perception of nature and the conflict between wildness and civilization within each of us.

Keys to the City
by Joel Kostman
ISBN: 0789424614
Book Description: Called "Doctor of the Deadbolt" by the New York Times, musician-turned-locksmith Joel Kostman has been collecting stories about the New York characters he's encountered in 20 years on the job: the poor and the wealthy, the friendly and the lonely, and, of course, the eccentric. As Kostman quietly lets them into their apartments, cars, or safes, they let down their guard and let him into their lives.

Le Mariage
by Diane Johnson
ISBN: 0452282268
Book Description: Le Mariage introduces a proper young French woman engaged to a struggling American journalist hot on the trail of a breaking story.

Priestess of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
ISBN: 0670910236
Book Description: This prequel to The Mists of Avalon is a powerful and mesmerizing portrait of goddess-powered womanhood and women's spirituality.

The River King
by Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 0399145990
Book Description: The students at the prestigious prep school in the town of Haddan don't mix with locals; even within the school hierarchy rules, as freshmen and faculty members find out where they fit in and what is expected of them. But when a body is found in the river behind the school, a local policeman will walk into this enclosed world and upset it entirely.

by Jack Driscoll
ISBN: 0789426269
Book Description: Earl Patrick Godfrey's story has the compulsion and suggestiveness of a dream lit by Atlantic City's eternal light, scored by the sounds of the sea, the racket of guns.

Thirty Nothing
by Lisa Jewell
ISBN: 0452282128
Book Description: The premise of the sparkling new romantic comedy is about best friends, turning 30... and falling in love.

Travels with Myself and Another
by Martha Gellhorn
ISBN: 1585420905
Book Description: A brilliantly witty and intelligent memoir of the adventures, discoveries, rescues, and narrow escapes of Martha Gellhorn, one of America's most important war correspondents and the third wife of Ernest Hemingway.

With a Hammer for My Heart
by George Ella Lyon
ISBN: 0789424606
Book Description: In this remarkable novel, George Ella Lyon creates characters rich and vibrant as the Kentucky landscape they call home, touching that secret place in all of us where we wait for love's transforming power.

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