BIG WORLD | MARY MILLER | HOBART | $9.95 | Reading Mary Miller on the beach may be the literary equivalent of eating chicken soup in hundred-degree heat. Her debut collection — populated by frustrated, tipsy Southern women who while away the hours drinking Diet Coke and smoking too many cigarettes — fills the reader with an intoxicating combination of languorousness, existential dread, and gratitude for living in the Northeast.
SUPER FLAT TIMES | MATTHEW DERBY | BACK BAY BOOKS | $19.99 | Derby, a student of Ben Marcus, has created a future world in which all foods are made of meat, including ice cream — excellent to contemplate while splayed on a towel.
DANGEROUS LAUGHTER | STEPHEN MILLHAUSER | VINTAGE | $14.95 | Don't be frightened; Stephen Millhauser is very, very funny.
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