A good backdrop deserves great stories, and written insights giving further proof that being outside is just plain good for you. If your go-to summer joys lie in the valleys of mountain ranges, remote hiking trails, kayaking, dock fishing at sunset on a calm lake, and enjoying the chirping buzz of cicadas in the evergreens surrounding your campfire… then cozy up in your sleeping bag to these 4 fantastic summer audiobooks.
If you haven’t heard of Where the Crawdads Sing, you must truly enjoy the outdoors and being disconnected from technology. Here’s a quick summary: For years, rumors of the â€śMarsh Girlâ€ť have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl.Â Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, but as she has grown, she yearns for love. Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
Casey Fletcher, a recently widowed actress trying to escape a streak of bad press, has retreated to the peace and quiet of her familyâ€™s lake house in Vermont. Armed with a pair of binoculars and several bottles of bourbon, she passes the time watching Tom and Katherine Royce, the glamorous couple living in the house across the lake. Casey saves Katherine from drowning on the lake one day, and the two strike up a budding friendship. The more they get to know each otherâ€”and the longer Casey watchesâ€”it becomes clear that Katherine and Tomâ€™s marriage isnâ€™t as perfect as it appears. When Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey immediately suspects Tom of foul play. But thereâ€™s more to the story than meets the eyeâ€”and shocking secrets can lurk beneath the most placid of surfaces. Packed with sharp characters, psychological suspense, and gasp-worthy plot twists, Riley Sagerâ€™s The House Across the Lake is the ultimate escapist read . . . no lake house required.
In Meant to Be, the Kingsley family is American royalty, beloved for their military heroics, political service, and unmatched elegance. In 1967, after Joseph S. Kingsley, Jr. is killed in a tragic accident, his charismatic son inherits the weight of that legacy. But Joe III is a free spiritâ€”and a little bit reckless. Meanwhile, no one ever expected anything of Cate Cooper. She, too, grew up fatherlessâ€”and after her mother marries an abusive man, she is forced to fend for herself. After being discovered by a model scout at age sixteen, Cate decides that her looks may be her only ticket out of the cycle of disappointment that her mother has always inhabited. Despite her success, she feels like a fraud. When Joe and Cate unexpectedly cross paths one afternoon, their connection is instant and intense. But can their relationship survive the glare of the spotlight and the so-called Kingsley curse?
In the era of screens and devices, the average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors, and children are no exception. Not only does this phenomenon have consequences for kidsâ€™ physical and mental health, it jeopardizes their ability to understand and engage with anything beyond the built environment. Outdoors expert Steven Rinella shares the parenting wisdom he has garnered as a father whose family has lived amid the biggest cities and wildest corners of America. Throughout, he offers practical advice for getting kids radically engaged with nature in a muddy, thrilling, hands-on way, with the ultimate goal of helping them see their own place within the natural ecosystem. Outdoor Kids in an Indoor World helps families connect with natureâ€”and one anotherâ€”as a joyful part of everyday life.