Daley’s beach bag book recommendations

My BookLoving friends, we have a month until Labor Day, and that means it’s time for all the beach reading your beach bags can hold.

It’s time for our next episode of #FiveBooksForYourBeachBag. Load them up, pack sunscreen and snacks – you’ve got plenty of reading to do.

Also — alert! sirens! – it’s more than halfway through 2022, and you should keep your Century Club rosters! For those who don’t know, every year I challenge my column readers to hit 100 books. Reading 25-49 gets you into the Quarter Century Club; 50-99 in the Half Century and 100+ in the Century Club. Take stock of your list and see how much you need to earn in the last half of the year.

And now, here are 5 new things to add to your cart (and your wishlist.)

1. “Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional”, by Isaac Fitzgerald

An instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller, I was initially drawn to the title. After reading it, I can see why this one has been so successful – A TIME Best Book of the Summer, a Rolling Stone Top Culture Pick, and a 2022 New England Book Award finalist, among others. Many Massachusetts readers, especially guys, can resent this one. If you liked “The Tender Bar”, by JR Moehringer, try this. From the publisher’s synopsis:

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