Armchair Traveler: 8 Great Summer Reads for the Escapist in All of Us
It’s summer, which means there’s time to lie on the beach, swing on the porch, dangle your feet in the river, or kick back on the roof of your building, and do the single most delicious thing: READ. Summer is made for reading — especially if you're able to take a vacation — and every year publishers put out plenty of goodies to tempt. But even if you're stuck at home, a good book can have us dreaming about travel. Here are some of our favorites, both new releases and classics, that transport us, even when we can't get physically away.
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"One Summer: America, 1927," by Bill Bryson
My favorite new book this summer, Bill Bryson’s account of 1927 from May to October reveals an America obsessed with sensation at a time when tabloids were the hot new media, hungry for blood. The times were populated with the famous and craven, the brave, the corrupt, and the fabulously rich. Prohibition gave us gangsters and illegal drinking dens, jazz the beat to go with it. It was a summer when apocalyptic rains fell, the Mississippi overran the levees, and thousands died; the stock market soared; and people danced themselves half to death — all of it heading, by 1929, for a terrifying crash.
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"The Vacationers," by Emma Straub