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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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Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Favorite Summer Reads
Fried Green Tomatoes 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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Murder on Astor Place is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Favorite Summer Reads
Murder on Astor Place 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 as a midwife

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The Honk and Holler opening so... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Favorite Summer Reads
The Honk and Holler opening soon Billie Letts - A great story set in a diner. All interesting characters and relationships.

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The power of the dog is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Favorite Summer Reads
The power of the dog 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 best endings I've ever ...

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Empire Falls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Favorite Summer Reads
Empire Falls 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 Pulitzer Prize. Need I say more?

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Skinny Dip is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Favorite Summer Reads
Skinny Dip 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 Margarita Ville nonstop.

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Water for Elephants is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Favorite Summer Reads
Water for Elephants 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 tear up. Astounding.

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What I Did for Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Favorite Summer Reads
What I Did for Love 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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Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Favorite Summer Reads
Life of Pi 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 cheering for the tiger its ridiculous.

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Born Under a Lucky Moon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Favorite Summer Reads
Born Under a Lucky Moon 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 Michigan Jeannie struggles to ...