Use these quick-but-smart books to help stay sane while going wherever you’re going (the beach, we hope).
|Alone with You|
What New Yorker can’t relate to the title of Marisa Silver’s latest book of short stories ($15)? Savor the understated, brilliant, and darkly funny writing in snippets. Especially great: “Pond.”
Bad boy drama never gets old: Maureen Gibbon’s fast-paced novel ($10) about a girl who takes up with an ex-con named Alpha Breville addresses what women endure in relationships.
|The Moomin Series |
If you had no shame reading Harry Potter on the subway, there’s no need to hide Tove Jansson’s witty, whimsically illustrated Swedish series ($16 each).
Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces
Flip through this picture-driven book ($20) from decor blog Apartment Therapy for small-space decorating tips. But beware the apartment envy that it inspires.
Like Under the Volcano fueled by every drug in the world instead of mezcal, Charlie Smith’s first novel ($10) in fourteen years tracks a pair of twisted lovers across hot and sweaty locales.
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