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Alex Beam

Really real summer reading list

Recommendations for summer books you won’t forget on the beach

There is a particular summer newspaper column that makes my teeth curl: the Here I Am on Summer Vacation With This Big Bag of Books I Plan to Read column.

This preposterous evergreen blooms in the dog days of late summer. Inevitably, the vacationing columnist insists he or she is “really looking forward to diving into [Insert name of reviewer-approved doorstop here].” Robert Caro’s latest 700-pager always makes this list, as do long, earnest novels better suited for a snowbound dacha on the Bering Strait, e.g. Richard Ford’s “Canada,” or almost anything by Richard Russo.

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