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Summer Reading

June 20, 2017

FROM “READ IT FORWARD”

Books to Inspire Your Summer Vacation

Books to Inspire Your Summer Vacation

Summer can be the perfect time to go on vacation—longer days provide more time for sightseeing or exploring, and warm weather pairs perfectly with a cold drink on a relaxing trip. While it’s easy to decide when to travel, sometimes it’s hard to pick where to go and who to go with. This week we’re featuring 6 books that provide inspiration for your next summer vacation. While you may not be jetting off to Europe, reading these in your own backyard will make it seem like you’re in a glamorous destination with your favorite travel companions. In fact, some of these books may even make you feel better about your own holiday—in most of these novels, the vacations—like best-laid plans—often go awry.
Curated by Stella Spiegel

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Beautiful Ruins
Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter
Taking place in 1960’s coastal Italy and modern-day Hollywood, this book will give you serious wanderlust. The main character, Pasquale, meets actress Dee when she falls ill during the filming of Cleopatra and is taken to his family’s hotel. While there’s a language barrier, the two develop feelings for one another, until Dee is forced to leave. The story returns to the present when Pasquale travels to Hollywood to find out what happened to his lost love.
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The Vacationers
The Vacationers
Emma Straub
Sometimes even the most picture-perfect location can be the setting of a terrible vacation. Taking place on the beautiful Spanish island of Mallorca, The Vacationers is the story of a celebratory trip gone wrong. While meant to bring the Post family together, the trip reveals long-buried family secrets and jealousy that had thus far been concealed.
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The Little French Bistro
The Little French Bistro
Nina George
Marianne lives in Germany where she has been stuck in an unhappy marriage for 41 years. She decides to take a break from it all and go to Paris, where, after a dramatic moment on the banks of the river Seine, she pulls herself together and sets sail for the coast of Brittany, leaving her old life behind. As Marianne meets a whole new crew of lively and friendly people, and embraces the joie de vivre of a slower pace, you’ll be introduced to an intriguing part of France that will leave you yearning for a plane ticket.
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Start Reading Here and Gone
Siracusa
Siracusa
Delia Ephron
Going on a vacation with another couple might sound like a great idea, but for the couples in Siracusa—Michael and Lizzie and Finn and Taylor—it’s the catalyst for a major conflict. While their story is dark, the beautiful town of Siracusa on the coast of Sicily—and the descriptions of the piazzas and gelatos—will cast a bright light onto your future travel plans.
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Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians
Kevin Kwan
When Rachel’s boyfriend Daniel invites her to spend the summer in Singapore, she imagines she’ll have a nice quiet trip spending time with his family in their modest home. What she doesn’t know is that Daniel’s family is extremely wealthy and his humble family home looks more like a palace. Instead of exploring Singapore’s sites, Rachel has to learn how to overcome the obstacles that having money—either old or new—create.
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Do Not Become Alarmed
Do Not Become Alarmed
Malie Meloy
A cruise through Central America with your cousin and both of your families sounds like the perfect holiday. For cousins Liv and Nora, this dream vacation comes crashing down when their children suddenly go missing during an excursion. Told from the perspectives of the adults on the trip and their children, the novel characterizes the two opposing sides of crisis: falling apart and finding previously unknown strengths.
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