Wait, did I forget my sunglasses? No. Got 'em.
Sunglasses have been around for a long time. The ancient Inuit used flattened walrus ivory to protect their eyes from the sun. In China, records dating back to the 12th century indicate that judges wore glasses with smoke-coloured lenses to mask facial expressions when questioning witnesses. These glasses did not offer protection from the sun. In fact, when optician James Ayscough began experimenting with coloured lenses in 1752, his goal was to correct certain vision problems not to shield users from the sun. The funky blue lens sunglasses shown above date to 1790. In 1929 when demand for his celluloid hair accessories waned, Sam Grant switched to mass production of sunglasses which were then sold on New Jersey beaches under the name Foster Grant.
These books have their sunglasses on and are waiting for you to take them to the beach please:
According to a Source by Abby Stein
Ella Warren is leading a double life, transforming into glamorous Bella at night to sneak into star-studded events and report on outrageous happenings for a gossip website. She maintains standards about who and what she will report but her new editor is pressuring her to come up with a big story. Ella wants to keep her job but is it worth sacrificing her principles and risking her relationships?
Death, Taxes,and Cheap Sunglasses by Diane Kelly
IRS agents Tara Holloway and Nick Pratt find their relationship challenged by a new assignment that requires Nick to go undercover and infiltrate a drug cartel.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Teenager Audrey has crippling social anxiety. She's making progress with her therapist but still finds it difficult to venture out of the house. When her brother's friend Linus walks into the house and into Audrey's life, her world begins to change. YA fiction
Heist Society by Ally Kelly
Kat is hoping to escape her family's business--high end theft. She is drawn back after her father is wrongfully accused of stealing a mobster's priceless art collection. Kat has 2 weeks to return the painting or her father is in deep trouble. YA fiction
The Idea of You by Robinne Lee
When single mother Solène takes her daughter to see the world's most popular boy band, she does not expect to fall in love with a rock star 20 years her junior but she does. The relationship gives her new life but when it becomes a media sensation, she must evaluate the impact it is having on those around her.
Mad by Chloé Esposito
Alvie and Beth are twins--identical in appearance but different in every other way. Normally Alvie would turn down an invitation to visit her sister at her glamorous home but she's jobless and homeless so she says yes. She also agrees to impersonate Beth for a couple of hours but when Beth turns up dead, Alvie wonders whether she should make the masquerade permanent.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
When Su Yi, matriarch of the Shang-Young family has a heart attack, members of the family gather at her bedside to say goodbye, fight over heirlooms and prove they are worthy of inheriting Tyersall Park, Su Yi's Singapore estate. The third and final book in Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians series continues to poke fun at the behaviour of the super-wealthy.
Where’d you Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Talking Book (Restricted to Print Disabled patrons)
Bernadette Fox, a brilliant architect and beloved mother, is almost totally home-bound by agoraphobia. When she suddenly disappears just prior to a family vacation to Antarctica, it's up to teenage daughter Bee to figure out what has happened.
Picture credit: Science Museum, London, Wellcome Images
Turn pin spectacles, steel wire, eye preservers, double folding lenses, tinted, French(?), 1790-1850. Full frontal view, pale grey background. Creative Commons.