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Read Me! Authors Tell You Why to Read Their Summer Books

Who better to recommend a summer read than the author in question? We asked 6 writers to blurb their own books for the beach

Jennifer Weiner

All Fall Down is William S. Burroughs’ Junkie meets Judy Blume’s Wifey … and the collision is a riveting joy ride in a car with no brakes. All Fall Down is Weiner, raw and in your face. You won’t be able to look away.”

Jordan Ellenberg

“School’s out for summer, and you probably thought you weren’t going to think about math until September—-or, if you’re over 21, for the rest of your life. But Jordan Ellenberg’s How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking will surprise you by how much fun one can have with math all year round.”

Lisa See

China Dolls presents a whole new way of looking at the American dream of stardom through the experiences of three women who don’t have the privilege of being treated as ‘real’ Americans. Singing! Dancing! Heartache! Triumph! The best book ever! A must-read!”

Tom Rachman

“That round-the-world ticket you’ve dreamed of? Find it in the pages of The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, a globe-trotting novel (see Asia, Europe and beyond!) that’s better than a pat-down from the TSA, with more legroom than the middle seat in coach. Switch all smartphones to flight mode—your summer adventure departs at page 1!”

Deborah Harkness

“Nothing screams ‘beach reading’ like a book about vampires. With witches, daemons, ancient vendettas, a macabre missing book and the longest-lived dysfunctional family in fiction, The Book of Life will make your own summer–travel and vacation nightmares seem trivial in comparison.” (7/15)

Mark Whitaker

Cosby isn’t just for sweater weather! Enjoy the last days of summer with the first major biography of this comedy giant, complete with behind-the-scenes stories of his wayward youth; his classic comedy albums; I Spy, Fat Albert and The Cosby Show; and the three women who shaped his life—his mother, his wife and his sixth-grade teacher!” (9/16)

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