5 Books to Enjoy Outdoors

April 16, 2014 | by michelle mass | Pursuits

Spring is here. It’s time to grab a book and a glass of wine and head to Rittenhouse Square for a relaxing day in the park. To make things even easier, we highlight 5 excitingly entertaining books written by Philadelphia authors.

The Blessings by Elise Juska
Author and University of the Arts creative writing program director, Elise Juska, will release her newest novel, The Blessings, on May 6, 2014. The story follows a tight-nit Irish family from Northeast Philadelphia, as they deal with the loss of their patriarch, John Blessing.


Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline
Best-selling author and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Lisa Scottoline writes a heart pounding suspense story involving the complex relationship between a loving father and his sixteen-year-old son.


Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
Karen Abbott, Philadelphia native and Civil War aficionado, indulges her love for history with her newest non-fictional piece, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War. The account speaks of four brave women who try everything to become spies during the Civil War.


All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
Starting out as a newspaper reporter in cities including Philadelphia, Jennifer Weiner has now become a staple of the literary world. Her newest book, All Fall Down takes a deep look at addiction through the eyes of protagonist Allison Weiss.


The Poor Boy’s Game by Dennis Tafoya
Philadelphia-born Dennis Tafoya is a crime fiction author and active member of the Philadelphia based creative group, Liars Club. The Poor Boy’s Game deals with U.S. Marshal Frannie Mullen’s struggles following the shooting of her best friend.

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESEY OF DAN BERNSTEIN (THE BLESSINGS); GOODREADS.COM (KEEP QUIET); CAFFEINATEDBOOKREVIEW.COM (LIAR, TEMPTRESS, SOLDIER, SPY); BARNES AND NOBLE (ALL FALL DOWN), MACMILLIAN (THE POOR BOY’S GAME)

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