We asked authors which book character they would like to accompany them for a day on the beach. Here's what they said.
Norman Ollstead recounts his unbelievable story of survival in "Crazy for the Storm."
Go motel-hopping with the former first couple in "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure."
A chef deals with a corpse has, voila, appeared in Monica Ali's novel "In the Kitchen."
Kate Walbert covers one century and five generations in her novel, "A Short History of Women."
2009 brings two milestones for children's book author Kenneth Grahame.
Douglas Wolk offers colorful takes on three graphic novels, including "Dead, She Said."
Katharine Powers gets the drop on popular releases now available in audio format.
Get your kids' noses in some books this summer with selections like Katy Kelly's "Melonhead."
WEB EDITOR: Christian Pelusi - washingtonpost.com