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img688We are never too old or too young to learn about the beach! The above book The Sandy Shore by John Hay is one way to start.

Very nicely illustrated by Edward and Marcia Norman, and a good story about nature to boot.

Do you remember finding these starfish along the beach? Now that you have the right paraphernalia with you loaded in the trunk (no pipes or open containers) you are ready to head out on a starfish adventure. What are you bringing to read after you have basked in the sun after that swim?

img742Would it be A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, something involved and brain teasing or would it be this? Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons will relieve your anxieties quickly when you know it can be found on the Time’s List of the 100 Best Novels. The Time’s List has been published since 1923, and that means really something. Now you are up there with George Orwell’s 1984.

img746 img747 img768You could also go for number 83 on that list, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, most likely not with this cult original cover sold at less than a dollar.

img049Below is something for you, Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. It is more on the Utopian side, let’s face it, you are on the beach.

img121I agree, there is no need to read the fifty shades of ice cream on the beach. So in my bag is the Watchmen, after all somebody has to mind and watch over you.