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GOOD Books for Summer: Five Not-Too-Trashy Beach Reads GOOD Books for the Beach: Fun and Smart Summer Reads

From sex on the moon to globe-trotting fashion editors to robot revolutions, this week's GOOD Books have oceanside appeal but won't dumb you down.

GOOD Books is a weekly round-up of what we're reading and what we wish we were reading.

It's one of the greatest joys of summer to unwind on the beach with a fun, easy read. That said, none of us wants to waste our time on something too trashy. Here are a few beach reads that will still inspire you and make you think as the pages fly by.

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One can be assured of very few things these days. But I will hazard three certainties for the next three months. Tomatoes will ripen. People will think about sex. And articles about how no one reads anymore will be published.

The "death of reading" march goes across our browsers, but in the publishing world, books still needs to be sold. Hence Book Expo America, the yearly meet-and-greet in the cavernous New York City Javitz convention center. The past two years of BEA were deemed "grim," as publishers worried about the internet and declining sales. But this year, the consensus seemed to be that things are "not as bad as we feared." In these recessed times, that counts for something.

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