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What to Read on Vacation

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5. From the Greats

Inherent Vice
By Thomas Pynchon (August 4; Penguin Press)
The elusive writer’s foray into hippie noir.

EXCERPT: “Doc had outrun souped-up Rollses full of indignant smack dealers on the Pasadena Freeway, doing a hundred in the fog and trying to steer through all those crudely engineered curves, he’d walked up back alleys east of the L.A. River with nothing but a borrowed ’fro pick in his baggies for protection, been in and out of the Hall of Justice while holding a small fortune in Vietnamese weed, and these days had nearly convinced himself all that reckless era was over with, but now he was beginning to feel deeply nervous again.”


My Father’s Tears: And Other Stories (Knopf); and The Maple Stories (August 4; Everyman’s Library)
By John Updike
Updike’s last collection of stories has just hit stores; next month, his eighteen-story arc of a doomed marriage, collected in hardcover for the first time, with a where-are-they-now account of the Maples titled “Grandparenting.”


The Skating Rink
By Roberto Bolaño (August 28; New Directions)
The posthumous Bolaño translation bonanza continues apace with this tale of love, corruption, crime, and Olympic sport.


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