Summer of 69

Reading Summer Of 69 By Elin Hilderbrand Follow New York Times Bestselling Author Elin Hilderbrand Back In Time And Join A Nantucket Family As They Experience The Drama, Intrigue, And Upheaval Of A 1960s Summer.Welcome To The Most Tumultuous Summer Of The Twentieth Century It S 1969, And For The Levin Family, The Times They Are A Changing Every Year The Children Have Looked Forward To Spending The Summer At Their Grandmother S Historic Home In Downtown Nantucket But This Year Blair, The Oldest Sister, Is Marooned In Boston, Pregnant With Twins And Unable To Travel Middle Sister Kirby, A Nursing Student, Is Caught Up In The Thrilling Vortex Of Civil Rights Protests, A Passion Which Takes Her To Martha S Vineyard With Her Best Friend, Mary Jo Kopechne Only Son Tiger Is An Infantry Soldier, Recently Deployed To Vietnam Thirteen Year Old Jessie Suddenly Feels Like An Only Child, Marooned In The House With Her Out Of Touch Grandmother Who Is Hiding Some Secrets Of Her Own As The Summer Heats Up, Teddy Kennedy Sinks A Car In Chappaquiddick, A Man Flies To The Moon, And Jessie Experiences Some Sinking And Flying Herself, As She Grows Into Her Own Body And Mind.In Her First Historical Novel, Rich With The Details Of An Era That Shaped Both A Country And An Island Thirty Miles Out To Sea, Elin Hilderbrand Once Again Proves Her Title As Queen Of The Summer Novel.Summer of 69 ElinHilderbrand

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  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • Summer of 69
  • Elin Hilderbrand
  • 10 January 2017
  • 9780316420013

10 thoughts on “Summer of 69

  1. says:

    People are people More than anything else, it s the people Elin Hilderbrand brings to life among her pages that have me chomping at the bit for her annual June and now October releases And while many authors contribute to this genre space, for me it is Hilderbrand s smart and often relatable approach to the beach read that has become synonymous with summer Her work eliciting an eager reader ready to jump on a ferry to Nantucket for a dose of scenery, local eats, and unparalleled people People who bare their hearts and truths as if we ve always been the closest of friends As if we re all local Nantucketers Last year, Hilderbrand pulled off quite the feat with the delivery of her first suspense novel, The Perfect Couple A book that not only proved to be one of her strongest yet, but earned a coveted spot among my very favorites And this year, continuing that trend of branching out, Hilderbrand takes a stab at historical fiction, transporting readers to Nantucket and Martha s Vineyard during the pivotal summer of 1969 A time that s near and dear to Hilderbrand s family the very summer she and her twin brother said hello to the world providing inspiration Summer of 69 brings readers into the lives of the Levin Foley family for what is poised to be a defining time Not only for the family but for the nation as a whole.The story opens with a jarring prologue, which sets the tone for the summer months ahead Ti...

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    4 full, family drama, sisterhood, entertaining, amazing journey to the end of sixties while listening Man on the moon and singing those were the best days of my life as like Bryan Adams sang stars You don t have to be Marty McFly by driving a special car is invented by your Dr Brown for time travelling Elin Hilderbrand already takes us back to the end of sixties, a remarkable, memorable time for American and also human history 1969This is the time of Beatles Abbey Road album releasing,Time of the most memorable Woodstock performances with the attendance of than 35 singers including Janis Joplin, The Who, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, and Jimi Hendrix Yes than 350 thousand rock n roll fans had their time of my their lives Time of Chappaquiddick Affair , yes Senator Kennedy drove into ta pound and Mary Joe Kopechne is dead Time of MOON LANDING Yesss Because of Mr Chazelle, I can only imagine Gosling s one small step, one giant leap for mankind If you believed they put a man on the moon lyrics capture your mind Thanks to R.E.M and Andy Kauffman Time of ponchos, moccasins, love beads, peace signs, medallion necklaces, chain belts, polka dot printed fabrics, and long, puffed bubble sleeves Time of watching Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid , Midnight Cowboy , Easy Rider on big screen Time of student protests, rising inflation, Sto...

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    To say I ve been ecstatic to read Elin Hilderbrand s first historical fiction book is an understatement Last summer, she wrote her first murder mystery, and this summer she brings us Summer of 69 Expect the stories the Nantucket stories we ve known and loved from our beloved EH, but this time, with a historic backdrop The Levin family spends its summers on Nantucket, and everyone looks forward to it They stay at their grandmother s stately, historic home But this year, things are different for the Levins Blair is pregnant and unable to travel Kirby is devoted to civil rights protests Tiger has been deployed to Vietnam Jessie, the youngest at thirteen years old, is staying with her grandmother who is behind the times, but carrying secrets The summer is filled with those historic events we ve all heard about the lunar landing, Chappaquiddick, and all the while, Jess...

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    It s not officially summer for me until I ve read an Elin Hilderbrand book by the pool or sitting on the beach so luckily for me, I was able to read this one Memorial Day weekend, poolside, with a fruity beverage in hand Hilderbrand s first historical novel was everything that I ve come to expect from the queen of the summer novel and In classic Hilderbrand style, Summer of 69 revolves around the lives of several members of the Foley Levin family and of course, Nantucket is the main setting although Martha s Vineyard gets some love in this book too This is a summer of dramatic changes for the family as Tiger, 19, has just been drafted for Vietnam His mother Kate is obviously overcome with worry and grief.Kate s daughters, Blair, 24, Kirby, 20, and Jesse, who just turned 13 and is the daughter of her second husband David also face their own considerable life changes this summer as each of their stories intertwine in some way It s through these sister s voices, Kate s, and letters exchanged by Tiger and Jesse this story is told Every character is so real, wholly persuasive, and each of their issues becomes ones I cared about no matter how big or small Blair is pregnant with twins and miserable as she smokes cigarettes and drinks to get rid of morning sickness really how are any of us 70s babies alive Her husband Angus is a brilliant astrophysicist working 24 7 on the Apollo 11 moon landing, leaving her lonely and alone Kirby, the family r...

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    3.5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Elin Hilderbrand states that her twin brother has always encouraged her to explore the summer they were born in one of her novels Summer of 69 is that novel and sweeps readers back to Nixon, Vietnam, Senator Ted Kennedy and the Chappaquiddick scandal, women s issues, Woodstock, racial equality, class differences, the Moon landing and summertime in Nantucket The Foley Levin family knows that this summer will be a different one The recent deployment of only son, Tiger to Vietnam sees their mother, Kate, distant and losing herself to the bottle Stepfather, David stays in the city and consumes himself with legal work Oldest daughter Blair confronts the fact that marriage is not exactly what she dreamed Wild child Kirby wants to prove her adulthood by heading to Martha s Vineyard instead of spending summer with the family Youngest daughter Jessie is on the brink of adolescence and experiences her first twinges of young love And finally, matriarch Exalta is trying what she can to keep all of her family together while also keeping secrets...

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    INTOXICATING Summer does something to the brain It s intoxicating Everything shimmers So says a character in Summer People, a previous novel by Hilderbrand, which captures the essence of her entire oeuvre ENGAGING BACKSTORYI ve devoured every book she s written, so taken with her addictive stories set on Nantucket Her own backstory is engaging, including how she came to the island, her education at the Iowa Writers Workshop, her world travels, her survival of breast cancer and a post surgical infection that nearly killed her Her joie de vivre informs both her writing and her life and is as intoxicating as the summers she describes in her novels KENNEDY, MOON, WOODSTOCKSUMMER OF 69 is her newest and her first historical novel It s a compelling slice of Americana, with the war in Nam in full force Senator Ted Kennedy s fateful accident July 18, in which he drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne Two days later the first moon landing Woodstock making musical history the following month.TIGER IN NAMAll are enfolded into the absorbing plot, which focuses on four siblings in a wealthy Massachusetts family including Tiger, their only son drafted and sent off to f...

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    Summer of 69 by Elin Hilderbrand is a historical fiction novel that follows the Levin family during the summer of 1969 Of course with the book focusing on the various family members in this family the point of view does change between them.For years the Levin family has spent summers in Nantucket visiting their grandmother s historic home This year however the family is being pulled apart in their own directions Tiger, the only son, has been drafted into the military and will be sent to the war in Vietnam and this has affected each of the rest in various ways.Blair, the oldest Levin has gotten married to a man who works with NASA and is spending her summer home alone as he works on putting a man on the moon Kirby is the middle daughter who is a young free spirit known to protest the latest cause Instead of heading to Nantucket Kirby has found a summer job in Martha s Vineyard And Jessie, the youngest and a half sibling to the older children, is turning thirteen and not looking forward to a summer alone with her mother and grandmother.Looking back at the history books 1969 was really a very busy year and somewhat a turning point on a lot of issues Elin Hilderbrand did a wonderful job centering this fictional family right in the middle of so many event...

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    Why I love itSiobhan JonesWe pick the books a few months in advance here at BOTM, so all the reading for June occurs sometime in mid March Maybe that was why I warmed to Summer of 69 so readily this beachy, feel good story with ample family drama and purple haze era feels had me practically smelling the sunscreen Then again, maybe I just liked this book so much because it was another satisfying winner from an author who always delivers the goods.Elin Hilderbrand s first historical novel plops us right into the flower power milieu of the 60s with a Vietnam draft notice From then on, as we are introduced to the different members of the Levin family the smart and stubborn Blair the irascible Kirby only son Tiger and the youngest, the quietly observant Jessie these cultural easter eggs abound Civil rights protests animate the news cycle while the Space Race captures the country s imagination Yet even as our protagonists navigate this rapidly changing world, their own trials and tribulations finding young love, questioning authority, and even investigating long buried family secrets remain at the forefront of this completely charming read set over the course of one summer in Nant...

  9. says:

    Summer reading at its best I enjoy reading her novels and this little historic charmer, her first, was absolutely amazing

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    The year Nineteen hundred sixty nine, 1969, was a busy year for the United States of America and as such, was no different for the combined families of Nichols, Foley, Levin and Whalen, all under the matriarchal umbrella of Exalta Nichols Since Exalta was such a stickler for tradition the family prepares to pack up and move out to Nantucket for the summer, regardless that the 3rd Monday of June is Jessie s 13th birthday, or that Kate is sick with worry about Tiger, her 19 year old son who was drafted to fight in Vietnam just this past April, and Blair her 24 year old daughter is pregnant in Boston and virtually alone since her astrophysicist husband practically works 24 7 on the upcoming Apollo 11 moon mission Then, don t even get Kate started on her 20 year old daughter, Kirby who s decided to assert her independence and work at a hotel on Martha s Vineyard this summer as a chambermaid Sure, Martha s Vineyard is technically 11 miles from Nantucket, as the crow flies, but for a human to get there it would take than 24 hours Lastly her husband David can only come out on weekends because he has a law office to run When they finally arrive at Exalta s house on Fair ...

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