Softcover editions of ''Celebutantes,'' ''Testimony,'' and ''The Hakawati'' are just a few of our summer favorites

By EW Staff
Updated June 19, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT


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Summer Reading
Must Paperbacks

Amanda Goldberg & Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper
What day at the beach is complete without a frothy serving of chick lit? Wash down the summer heat with this delectable novel about a director’s daughter who recruits A-listers to dress in a designer’s duds for the Academy Awards.

Dear American Airlines
Jonathan Miles
Flight delayed? Commiserate with the hero of this hilarious debut novel: a beaten-down man who’s poised to miss his estranged daughter’s wedding because of multiple canceled flights. You might just feel a tad better about your own flying predicament.

The Hakawati
Rabih Alameddine
The Lebanese author and master storyteller weaves a tragicomic yarn about a man who travels home to his father’s deathbed in Beirut, where his family shares tall tales passed down from their grandfather.

Anita Shreve
This thought-provoking novel takes readers behind the scenes of a prep-school sex scandal in which three inebriated male students are captured on film having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Shreve explores the gray areas of the case by delicately unwinding the situation from each character’s point of view.

When You Are Engulfed In Flames
David Sedaris
True, most of the pieces in Sedaris’ sixth essay collection have already been published. But no matter: Stories like ”April in Paris” and ”The Man in the Hut” are even better the second time around, while new essays like ”The Smoking Section” have become instant classics in the author’s already distinguished body of work.

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