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UPDATED 06/11/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/11/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT

For those endless lazy days—or just a stolen hour in a hammock—a selection of terrific tales to carry you away

WHAT TO READ THIS SUMMER!

FOR YOUR ROAD TRIP

GARAGE SALE AMERICA
By Bruce Littlefield
Part memoir, part how- to, this quirky treasure includes a calendar of the best garage sales nationwide.

SHOE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS
By Beth Harbison, audio version
Kick off your Keds (unless you're driving) and meet a motley group of D.C. women who bond over designer shoes. It's chick lit with heart and sole.

FOR THE KIDS

BECAUSE ...
By Mikhail Baryshnikov and Vladimir Radunsky
Baryshnikov delivers a charming tale about one very embarrassing grandma. (Ages 4-8)

TRACKING TRASH
By Loree Griffin Burns
A look at how trash travels the seas, endangering marine life—and how we can help. (9-12)

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
By Jeff Kinney
A delightful, cartoon-filled novel about a bullied middle-schooler. (9-12)

CAMP CREEPY TIME
By Gina and Dann Gershon
Actress Gershon and her brother's spooky sleepaway-camp cautionary will make your tween happy he's vacationing with you old folks. (10 and up)

SWORDBIRD
By Nancy Yi Fan
This bestseller about birds trying to end a forest war would be a standout even if it wasn't written by a 12-year-old. (9-12)

DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS?
By Randa Abdel-Fattah
What happens when an Australian-Palestinian teen tries wearing her Muslim head scarf, or hijab, full-time? Read Abdel-Fattah's witty, sensitive debut and find out. (Young Adult)

FABULOUS FICTION

SCHOOL'S OUT
By Christophe Dufossé
A fine debut about a teacher who takes over a dead friend's class—then discovers the kids may have killed him.

BUNK DREAD!

NOT A HAPPY CAMPER
By Mindy Schneider
If the word "lanyard" makes you cringe, Schneider's wry memoir about a Maine summer camp is for you.

TO GET BACK TO NATURE

CABIN PRESSURE
By Josh Wolk
Hoping to recapture his youth before he gets married, the 34-year-old author spends a summer as a counselor at his childhood camp. Sweet, nostalgic and very funny.

THE WILD TREES
By Richard Preston
A peek into the high-flying lives of college-aged botanists who set out to climb the tallest trees in the world—California's 35-story redwoods.

NINE WAYS TO CROSS A RIVER
By Akiko Busch
Writer and avid swimmer Busch spent four years swimming across nine rivers around the country—and fell in love with their history and beauty.

FOR CANINE COMPANIONSHIP

MERLE'S DOOR
By Ted Kerasote
This summer's Marley? In his memoir cum training manual, Kerasote waxes poetic about his mutt Merle and provides tips for deepening the dog/human bond.

DOG DAYS
By Jon Katz
City-dweller-turned-farmer Katz, author of A Good Dog, returns with further adventures from his animal-filled upstate New York sheep farm. Charming.

LIFE'S A BEACH
By Claire Cook
Midlife love, laughter, sibling rivalry and self-discovery from the author of Must Love Dogs. Goes down as easy as it sounds.

EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING A GIRL I LEARNED FROM JUDY BLUME
edited by Jennifer O'Connell
Fun tributes to a beloved role model.

TO GET YOUR PULSE RACING

STILL SUMMER
By Jacquelyn Mitchard
In Mitchard's well-paced thriller, three old friends get lost at sea when a boat trip goes awry.

THE WATER'S LOVELY
By Ruth Rendell
Two sisters hide the details of their stepfather's drowning—until repressed memories begin to resurface. Chills from a master.

SLIPKNOT
By Linda Greenlaw
A sleepy Maine town, the local drunk found dead, a detective asking too many questions.... No, not Murder She Wrote—it's the The Lobster Chronicles author's first foray into mystery, and it's riveting.

TO FEEL TRANSFORMED

THE CURE FOR ANYTHING IS SALT WATER
By Mary South
A fed-up publisher heads, via trawler, from Florida to Maine. It's fun going along for the ride.

LIVING IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
By Michael Tucker
The ex L.A. Law star details his and wife Jill Eikenberry's move to Italy. Viva la dolce vita!

JUST FOR FUN

DEDICATION
By Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
The authors of The Nanny Diaries return with a comedy about a 30-year-old whose high school boyfriend turned rock star won't stop singing about her. (Wouldn't you die?)

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