Favorite Summer Reads Books
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Favorite Summer Reads

This is a list of my favorite books to read at the beach, while I'm traveling or just relaxing in the summertime. Any of these would also make a great gift for Mom!

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    Fannie Flagg It's number one on my list because the story has stayed with me for years.I love the characters and the south. Completely wonderful and great for mom.

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    Victoria Thompson The Gaslight series is set in NYC around the turn of the century. Engrossing mysteriesmixed with amazing history. The lead character is a woman born into luxury and now,against all odds is practicing

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    Billie Letts A great story set in a diner. All interesting characters and relationships.

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    Thomas Savage First published in the '60s I found this one by chance. Truly one of my all time favorites.Its set in the West around 1930. Again amazing relationships of mothers and their sonstopped with one of the

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    Richard Russo This one is about the complications of family and the difficulty of growing up. Again, its set in a diner ( i must have a thing for diners). And again the ending will be unexpected. Winner of the

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    Carl Hiaasen Carl's written a bunch of books and I love them all. Set in Florida these kind of whacky mysteries are mixed with the oddest of people you'd ever come across in a bar on the beach that's playing

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    Sara Gruen I know there's been lots of movie hype but its for a reason. This book about an 'almost veterinarian' traveling with a circus in the mid nineteenth century is astounding. The end made me cheer and

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    Susan Elizabeth Phillips Ok, total guilty pleasure. Susan's reads are full of fun. Despite the title its cool for mom. Lots of Hollywood and relationships and happy endings.

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    Yann Martel I was enraptured by this book. It's kind of odd and twisty turny. And I seriously thought it was true that this tiger was in a boat with this guy. The way its written is so beautiful. And I'm so

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    Dana Precious You'll laugh. You'll cheer. You'll cry. You'll wonder why the main character, Jeannie, is such a damn doofus she can't figure out that family is the most important thing in the world. Mostly set in

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