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Eight Summer Reads 

Wednesday, Jun 3 2015

Whether it's on the deck of a cruise ship, on a flight to New Zealand, or on Caltrain heading toward the San Mateo County Fair, a good book is essential on any summer vacation, no matter how humble. Try not to lose any of these brand-spankin'-new reads in the Adriatic Sea — or the municipal pool.

A Book of Walks, by Bruce Bochy

May 15, Wellstone Books, $9.95

It's technically a spring book, but we're not going to argue with the guy who turned the Giants into a part-time World Series ring factory. Winding walks are Bochy's favorite way to unwind, and this slim volume shares his favorite Bay Area routes along with plenty of baseball musings.

In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume

June 2, Knopf, $27.95

Blume, 77, taught generations of young Americans how to menstruate (Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret), that we weren't going to hell for premarital sex (Forever ...), and how quickly gonorrhea can spread among randy 1970s suburbanites (Wifey, an adult novel we had to steal from our older sister). Her latest book, In the Unlikely Event, is another grown-up affair, about a mysterious series of plane crashes in a sleepy 1950s town in New Jersey.

Saint Mazie, by Jami Attenberg

June 2, Grand Central, $25

Mazie Phillips, a brassy Lower East Side theater operator and bum-whisperer who was immortalized in a 1940 New Yorker profile, is cracking wise again in this fictionalized biography.

Fling, by Lily Iona Mackenzie

July 1, Pen-L Publishing, $14.97

A 90-year-old woman goes on a trip to Mexico City with her hippie daughter — and runs into several very dead, very funny relatives on the way — in the freewheeling new novel from the Bay Area author, who teaches writing at the University of San Francisco.

What Pet Should I Get?, by Dr. Seuss

July 28, Random House Books, $17.99

Late rhyme kingpin Dr. Seuss is back with a never-before-seen book about proper pet selection. He's not reaching out from beyond the grave — What Pet Should I Get? was written in the late 1950s or early 1960s, and then presumably hidden by a sala-ma-goox or whatnot for several decades before its rediscovery.

The Silenced, by James DeVita

Aug. 11, Milkweed Editions, $12

The Hunger Games and Divergent have helped make dystopian sci-fi fiction the default setting for young-adult readers, and DeVita's may be darker than most: It was inspired by the very real Sophie Scholl, a young woman who was executed for resisting the Nazi Party.

Fear of Dying, by Erica Jong

Sept. 8, St. Martin's Press, $26.99

Isadora Zelda White Stollerman Wing, the protagonist of Jong's landmark 1973 novel Fear of Flying, is back and playing wingwoman to the protagonist of Fear of Dying, a woman in her 60s looking for adventure.

Did You Ever Have A Family, by Bill Clegg

Sept. 8, Simon & Schuster, $26

Clegg, author of the best-selling memoir Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, is lending his sunny outlook to his first novel, which follows a woman recovering from the sudden deaths of her daughter, her daughter's fiance, her ex-husband and her boyfriend. Amid the ripples from the sudden tragedy, our heroine drives to the West Coast and tries to start over.

Summer in the City

Cold Town, Summer in the City
By Mark Segal Kemp

Summer on Two Wheels
By Peter Lawrence Kane

How to Navigate SF's Summer Music Festivals
By Mark Segal Kemp

Show Some Skin at SF Nude Beaches
By Matt Saincome

The Summer of (Same-Sex) Love
By Peter Lawrence Kane


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