Book Club - The Beach Trees

Deborah Harkness
Alex George
Ann Napolitano
William Deresiewicz
Jessica Spotswood
Geraldine Brooks
Brené Brown
Stephanie McAfee
Sophie Morgan
Tana French
Terry McMillan
Jen Lancaster
Geneen Roth
Julie Klam
Amy Kalafa
Ally Condie
Julia Cameron
Kate Marshall & David Marshall
Sylvia Day
Edited by Stacy Morrison, Julie Ross Godar & Rita Arens
Amor Towles
Jeremy Page
Dominique Browning
Karen White
Stephen Dau
Laura Moriarty
Laura Dave
Kim Edwards
Jeffrey Zaslow
Claire Bidwell Smith
Seré Prince Halverson
Eleanor Brown
Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
Lisa Gardner
Linwood Barclay
Liane Moriarty
Gayle Forman
William D. Lassek, M.D. & Steven J.C. Gaulin, Ph.D.
Vanessa Williams & Helen Williams

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The Beach Trees

The Beach Trees: Secrets and Lies in Post-Katrina NOLA

The Beach Trees by Karen White begins with these marvelous two sentences: “Death and loss, they plague you. So do memories.” With those few words, White had my attention. She then kept it as she introduced Julie Holt, a woman with a tragic past and an uncertain future. I loved this book. It works as a mystery, it works as a love story and it also works as the story of a people and a culture, still trying to rebuild after the devastation that was Hurricane Katrina.  Read more >

Karen White Built Greatness with The Beach Trees

It was March 2007. I was perched on the edge of a large stone circular fountain conveniently placed on a large plaza. The air was oppressively humid, but every once in awhile a slight breeze would lift up some of the flowing water and sprinkle it over the crowd. I was in Shreveport. That feeling -- that experience -- of the heavy and humid air, cooling drops of water, drawls of the strolling people, taste of redbeansandrice (it’s all one word), and sense of freedom has never left me. A few days ago, I was in Iowa and I was sitting in my living room reclined on my couch. Then, suddenly, a few pages into The Beach Trees by Karen White I was transported back to The South, only this time to N’awleans and Biloxi, Mississippi.. Like The South itself, the tone of this novel was sultry, mysterious, complex, and warm.  Read more >

The Beach Trees: Understanding Why People Rebuild

As I have watched one natural disaster after another batter these United States, I have wondered why those who live in hurricane country or Tornado Alley don’t just throw in the towel and retreat to safer ground. Unlike earthquakes that are rare and unpredictable, hurricanes and tornadoes have yearly seasons. The damage that is done is sure to be done again and sooner rather than later. Reading Karen White’s latest novel, The Beach Trees, I think I have a better sense of what makes us stay.  Read more >

The Beach Trees: A Great Summer Read

I fell into The Beach Trees thinking it a book set in South Carolina. That's what I get for not seeing anything other than the praise for Karen White's other books on the back cover. I adore South Carolina. Instead this book starts with a woman and her friend's orphaned toddler on a journey toward the place the child's mother called home. They show up to learn that the home in Biloxi washed away in Katrina. What follows is a mysterious woman, a trip to New Orleans to meet the child's grandmother and uncle, and a tangled mystery and love story. The two families were entwined long before the two women (the main character Julie and the orphan's mother Monica) met years later in New York City.  Read more >

The Beach Trees: A Bittersweet Love Song to the Gulf Coast

Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?  Even if you've never been there, Karen White's The Beach Trees may make you feel like you do. This bittersweet love song to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Louisiana paints the region as an essential backdrop to any story that takes place within its borders, even this tale of multi-generational family love, intrigue, and death.   Read more >

The Beach Trees: Southern Fried Family Secrets

I have fond memories of visiting Biloxi, Mississippi, the setting for The Beach Trees by Karen White, as a child. My family traveled there two or three times when we were kids. But the strongest memory I have amongst those white washed plantations and long stretches of coast line is walking on the beach one morning with my younger brother and my grandmother, when we spotted a dead dog several yards down the shore line.  Read more >

The Beach Trees is a Good Summer Read!

In her novel The Beach Trees, Karen White explores the themes of disaster and hope, pain and healing, with what seems remarkable insight. In this book, we hear the same story through different people, and somehow at the end Karen White ties them all together in a way that shows the reader the true big picture.  Read more >

Karen White's Tangled Family Mystery in Post-Katrina New Orleans

The Beach Trees by Karen White has all the ingredients for a fantastic read.  Read more >

The Beach Trees is a MUST Read

Karen White's The Beach Trees grabs your attention in just the first few paragraphs, or it did to mine. Karen writes about a family that lives in the Gulf Coast, through several hurricanes and the last being Katrina. Its a story about survival. How life's tragedies and natural disasters have in common. How just a little faith and small steps can build up something new again.  Read more >

Karen White's The Beach Trees Brings Hope To Tragedy

As I began to read The Beach Trees by Karen White, I entered not just one world of mystery and searching but two. The book starts with Julie Holt, a woman who is now guardian of five year old Beau, who is headed to Biloxi and the house her friend Monica left to her. She is alone and confused and drifting in her life, determined only to do right by Beau. She arrives in Biloxi only to discover that the house has been destroyed by Katrina five years earlier.  Read more >