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Three Beach-Worthy Reads from Local Authors

A few seaside companions from Bay Area scribes to keep you company this summer.

 

Hang Zen
The sea is a powerful and frequent metaphor for souls in flux, and in longtime San Francisco contributor Jaimal Yogis’s spiritual surf travelogue All Our Waves Are Water, a sort of follow-up to his 2009 memoir, Saltwater Buddha, it pulls double duty, hurtling him toward the perfect wave and symbolically delivering him on the path to enlightenment.
(HarperCollins, July 4)

No Plus-Ones
Andrew Sean Greer (The Confessions of Max Tivoli) is back with the tragicomedy Less, about a novelist who, confronted with his upcoming 50th birthday and wanting to blow town for his ex-boyfriend’s wedding, accepts a series of invitations to foreign literary events. Traveling the world brings close brushes with love and danger, but it doesn’t let him outrun heartbreak or the big five-oh.
(Lee Boudreaux Books, July 18)

Art World Underground
A teenage girl breaks out of a psych ward and falls in with a group of fellow wayward souls—but is soon being chased by a secret society of Marcel Duchamp fanatics—in The Readymade Thief, a sort of seedy teenage Da Vinci Code from Bolinas-born novelist Augustus Rose.
(Viking, Aug. 1)

  

Originally published in the July issue of San Francisco 

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