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Summer books 2016: Best beach reads

The beach read is a summer tote bag essential. We asked three New York City bookstores for their picks among new releases.

“Get in Trouble”

By Kelly Link, out now
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By Kelly Link, out now

"The stories in Kelly Link's collection 'Get in Trouble' are strange, exciting and a little unnerving. If you can't afford an actual vacation, these stories will transport you -- to spaceships, haunted houses and even an abandoned nudist's colony." -- Emma Nichols, staff manager, WORD Bookstores

“The Girls”

By Emma Cline, out June 14
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By Emma Cline, out June 14

"Disenchanted with her home life, searching for purpose, connection, and love, Evie Boyd falls into the warm, sticky clutches of a Manson-like cult when she is just 14, forever shaping her future. While the unsettling details that unfold aren't exactly surprising, Emma Cline's skilled and penetrating writing exposes a tender nerve around the intensity and seduction of the female relationship that remains raw and jittery well after the book is over." -- Colleen Callery, communications coordinator, The Strand Book Store

“Modern Lovers”

By Emma Straub, out now
Photo Credit: Riverhead Books

By Emma Straub, out now

"Emma's bestselling novel 'The Vacationers' was a buoyant jaunt through Majorca with the addictively readable Post family, a brilliant novel in its own right. 'Modern Lovers' is that novel's counterpoint. Set in gentrified Brooklyn, 'Modern Lovers' tracks the lives of four people, former members of a college band, as they establish -- or at least attempt to establish -- individual lives. Full-hearted and expansive, 'Modern Lovers' is an homage to the changing social geography of early-30s adulthood and the ever-changing borough in which it is set." -- Andrew Unger, event coordinator, BookCourt

“Dear Fang, With Love”

By Rufi Thorpe, out now
Photo Credit: Knopf Publishing Group

By Rufi Thorpe, out now

"A truly beautiful story about the resilience of heritage and family. You may be on a towel in the Rockaways but open this book and you will be in Lithuania and you'll never want to leave." -- Michelle Chen, events/PR director, WORD Bookstores

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