Tuesday, August 16, 2016

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Vicki Lesage in ,
As soon as you start seeing back-to-school supplies in the stores, you know summer is coming to an end. Back to school, back to work, but hopefully still plenty of time for reading—especially if those books can extend your summer!

We found four that will take you back to that time on vacation, whether you spent your days by the sea or in the countryside.

Walks on the Beach
by Sandy Gingras

An inspirational little keepsake book to remind you of life at the beach, laced with short essays about a woman's self-discovery. We love the uplifting messages and the colorful artwork, and we want to take these walks on the beach over and over all year long.

Ice Cream Social: 100 Artisanal Recipes for Ice Cream, Sherbet, Granita, and Other Frozen Favorites
by Anthony Tassinello and Mary Jo Thoresen

Even if we've left our favorite ice cream shop back at our summer beachy destination, we still can have the best frozen treats. And right at home! We were surprised to see that making ice cream isn't as difficult as we would have imagined. And in this book, we have the perfect guides: The authors both are Chez Panisse veterans. Classics like Maple Walnut and more unusual creations like Champagne-Rose Granita won us over!

Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book for Adults
by Johanna Basford

Fish of all shapes and sizes, coral reefs, shells, pirate treasures and shipwrecks: all you need for a delightful and relaxing journey under the sea. We were happy to get out our best colored pencils and set to work on this one, which brought us back to the calm beauty of the ocean.

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood
by Kathryn Aalto

Just call this a "behind-the-scenes" to one of our childhood favorites, Winnie-the-Pooh. In this beautiful book, we adults get to visit the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood, the home of Pooh and his friends. The real place is Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven in southeast England, and in this book, illustrations, photos, and words from Pooh's creator, A.A. Milne, enchant us. The book also is a guide to the plants and animals of this beautiful forest.