Packing for the beach or lake cottage, you'll be throwing crime novels and light romances into your tote for summer reading.
But don't neglect works by – and about – Western New Yorkers.
This late spring and early summer, new books by local writers and about places around the region can add a hometown touch to a relaxing read.
Topics include local and national history, money management, humor – even books for younger readers.
Here's a quick list of titles you might want to check out:
*"The Buffalo Waterfront: A History in Pictures" is just the ticket for history buffs or people who want to broaden their understanding of what the waterfront used to look like and how it changed over time. It covers more than 120 years of the history of the Buffalo harbor area. With thousands of people converging on the new waterfront parks and entertainment venues over the summer, it's fascinating to look back at the neighborhood's development as a commercial area catering to the shipping industry.
The photo-packed book, by William E. Kae, was produced by the Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society and features many vintage photographs from its collection. The historical society is located at 66 Erie St. in Buffalo, and is open Thursday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To buy a copy of the 225-page softcover, which sells for $25, stop in to the society's museum during open hours, or visit the society's website, at www.llmhs.org.
*Grand Island resident Bernard A. Unger has produced a guide to financial self-protection called "Financial Fallout: Repairing the Broken Financial Services Industry for the American Investor."
The book contains tips for financial well-being and tools for getting ahead with money. The hand-sized, paperback book, out from Tate Publishing, sells for $11.
*Amherst resident Donald J. Mang spent years researching Civil War history while working on "One Nation Under God: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming."
The 350-page novel, available in softcover, follows one Irish-American soldier and an Irish brigade during the war, highlighting Catholic history related to the conflict. The book sells for $21.
*Poetry for children and young adults (or adults of any age with solid senses of humor and good imaginations) can be found in the poem collection "There's a Story in Every Box."
The poems – of varied lengths, from very short to pages long – follow in the literary tradition of Dr. Seuss, starting with everyday occurrences (taking a shower; wearing a T-shirt; eating spaghetti) and extending them to silly conclusions.
Written by a local author billing himself as Doc Lawrence, with illustrations by David DiTuillio, it was published through Authorhouse and sells for $14 on Amazon.
*"The Change: Or, How to Make a Fan Out of Almost Anything," by Jackie Albarella, a local gardening expert, performer and founder of Albarella Media, finds humor in physical and emotional passages in women's lives.
In paperback, the 122-page book sells for $12 and is available on Amazon.