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Summer reading: A list to conquer by the pool or at home in bed

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Bookworm? Consider tackling these titles this summer season.

It’s unfair to call David Sedaris a “modern Mark Twain” because Sedaris is funnier than Twain ever was. See for yourself in his latest release, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls: Essays, Etc. $27.

If you don’t do fluff but do want a light paperback to toss in your pool bag, check out Blaine Harden’s Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West. The title says it all. $15.

Seen those humorous Venn diagrams reposted on Facebook? They originate from Daily Show alum Demetri Martin. Peruse his latest sketches in Point Your Face at This: Drawings. $13.

I don’t know what made hilarious stand-up Jim Gaffigan want to write a book. Takes forever and nobody reads ’em. But as long as he went to the trouble, we might as well reap the benefits of his efforts: Dad Is Fat. $25.

Stephen King has a new novel called Doctor Sleep coming out in September. He’s also got a novel coming out on June 4, Joyland. College student Devin Jones takes a summer job at a carnival and “confronts the legacy of a vicious murder.” What could go wrong? $13.

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