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Best Fiction For Every Kind Of Summer Day

In the popular imagination, summer means "vacation" in much the same way that fall means foliage, winter means snow, and spring means Administrative Professionals' Day. But let's not kid ourselves: There's more to summer than sun, sand and cocoa butter. Many of us, in fact, will manage to squeeze in only a few days of quality lazing by pool, lake or sea. Any responsible list of suggested summer reading must acknowledge this grim truth.

Here, then, is a list of books for the whole of your summer. Although this selection includes books that are nominally classified in various genres (mystery, science fiction, humor, graphic novel), these are not frothy, forgettable reads. You'll find suggestions for days that are lazy, hazy and/or crazy, as well as for Days that are, respectively, Memorial, Father's, Independence and Labor.

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