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25 upcoming summer books to help you escape
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25 upcoming summer books to help you escape

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Summer books 2021

Just last May, publishers delayed many book releases, citing printing and distribution problems. Bookstores were closed anyway, and the proverbial "beach read" wasn't going near sand for most of us.

What a difference a year makes. Some readers are getting together again with book clubs and considering vacation possibilities. And as they cautiously remove masks, a slew of new titles focus on, yes, summer romance, beach sunsets and ... the plague?

Yep, at least one new book is already surveying a year of COVID. There's also residue from last year's politics and other serious matters. But if ever there was a summer for tales of mystery, history or travel, this might be it. Even if you're still keeping a mask handy.

Here are 25 upcoming titles to consider, with descriptions drawn from publishers and pre-publication reviews. Release dates are subject to change.

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