Conservancy Beach Reads

When I was younger, I was an avid reader. My 4th-grade teacher bet me that I couldn’t read 1,000 pages in one week. That was chump change for me. This led to me forming what I called the ABC, or Adam’s Book Club, where I would loan out books to family and friends. While I have long since retired from the title of champion of the library, I still find myself enjoying a good book from time to time. Here are some recommendations from the Conservancy for good beach reads this summer.


The Most Important Fish in the Sea: Menhaden and America by H. Bruce Franklin

  • In this non-fiction book, Franklin outlines the history of the ocean’s most important fish and how it has been used throughout history. With the warmer water temperatures bringing Menhaden into our rivers and creeks, it seems a fitting read.

Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores

  • The only species that has spread across America as quickly as humans is the coyote. In this book, Dan Flores outlines the history of an often misunderstood yet equally intriguing creature.

Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by Douglas Tallamy

  • If you still haven’t read Douglas Tallamy’s flagship book, you are missing out. In Nature’s Best Hope, Tallamy outlines how small changes in our own landscaping may change the tide in conserving our wildlife before it’s too late. Additionally, if the book isn’t up your alley, you can view a talk by Doug Tallamy for the Conservancy here.

Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, And The Sting That Launched The War On Drugs by Jason Ryan

  • In Jackpot, Ryan sets the scene of how some southern good ol’ boys made their money trafficking marijuana into the South and how the country’s most prominent drug lords could be found right on our eastern seaboard.


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

  • If you haven’t already read what is being called a “great modern classic,” what are you waiting for?

How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

  • For fans of Stephen King and things that go bump in the night, How to Sell a Haunted House is a Charleston-set horror story that is as entertaining as it is scary.

All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham

  • All the Dangerous Things is a riveting thriller about a desperate mother and the disappearance of her son from the best-selling Charleston author Stacy Willingham.

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