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Fiction Picks for Your Mental Getaway

May 19, 2008 (Fresh Air from WHYY)

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There are beach books full of sun and cotton candy and beach books dappled with shadow and sardonic humor. The very different beach books I'm about to recommend, however, all have one thing in common: They carry a reader far beyond the familiar. So, even if you can't afford a beach vacation in this summer of recession and sky-high gas prices, you can still revel in these mental getaways.

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'Lady of the Snakes'

Lady of the Snakes, by Rachel Pastan, hardcover, 320 pages

'The Sister'

The Sister, by Poppy Adams, hardcover, 282 pages

'The People on Privilege Hill'

The People on Privilege Hill, by Jane Gardam, paperback, 256 pages

'Exiles'

Exiles by Ron Hansen, hardcover, 240 pages

The Complete List

Get a printable list of all our summer 2008 book picks.

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