Guilt-free summer reading

New York Magazine’s suggestions for poolside. The always quirky magazine finds the best selections to indulge your taste for the light but satisfying.

Alive in Necropolis, Doug Dorst – A first novel that New York describes as “playful.”

Legal Limit, Martin Clark – In 2004, The New York Times Magazine called Clark “not only the thinking man’s John Grisham, but, maybe better, the drinking man’s”

The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy – The LA Times called the main character, who spends two years after college in Paris, “a cross between Carrie Bradshaw and Holden Caulfield.”

The Anglo Files, Sarah Lyall – Lyall used to cover publishing for the NY Times. When she moved to London, she began writing about the Brits and their amusing ways for the paper. New York calls the book “mischievous.”

Whacked, Jules Asner – The Houston Chronicle calls the book “a souffle of murder, chick-lit love angst and Hollywood dish.”

Summer of Naked Swim Parties, Jessica Anya Blau – This sounds more like poolside fare; “a witty account of the agonies and ecstasies of a girl coming of age in late-seventies California.”

The People on Privilege Hill, Jane Gardam – New York describes the stories as “Flannery O’Connor without the menace.”

Kafka Comes To America, Steven Wax – The Seattle Times calls this “a compelling story of two men wrongly imprisoned, and a legal system that makes it no easy thing to help them.”

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