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A Shower of Summer Books

I've spent the summer reading The Stories of John Cheever, mostly on the beach. Some other memorable beach-reading experiences:

Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead: When I was seventeen, I was really taken in by the whole objectivism thing, as most impressionable youths are, I guess. Thankfully, my critical thinking skills improved in college.

Vincent Bugliosi's Helter Skelter. I read this sometime in college, maybe the summer between my freshman and sophomore years. I could only read it in the daylight because it scared the crap out of me.

May Sarton's A Shower of Summer Days. Another summer read during college. My memory is a little hazy on this one, although I do remember subtle lesbian undertones.

William Somerset Maughan's The Moon and Sixpence: Loosely based on the painter Gaughan's life. Not technically a beach read, but I read it when visiting Put-in-Bay, Ohio, one of the little islands off Lake Erie.

Katherine Anne Porter's Oh Immortality:
I read this last summer while visiting friends in Myrtle Beach.