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Summer reads: Fiction

Summer reading. It conjures ratty paperbacks, picked from a holiday rental shelf. Paper warped by saltwater. The annual moment when a looming workday or the end of a lunch hour IS NOT THERE TO stop you from continuing to turn the pages.

A good summer read need not be escapist. It just has to be absorbing, pleasurable, and worth putting into that precious, brief window when the book competes only with itself for your attention.

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