Books: Summer Reading

How to beat the heat with spies, anchormen, police and a revitalized Pope

"A land of ice and ice cream and baseball and beach picnics and outdoor concerts, of freedom felt in the body itself." John Updike's celebration of a summer holiday omits one delight: reading John Updike. It can be experienced in the pages of Summer (Addison-Wesley; 252 pages; $35), a collection of seasonal bouquets by 37 writers including Mary Cantwell (To a City Breeze), Laurie Colwin (How to Avoid Grilling), Wallace Stevens (Sailing After Lunch) and Meg Wolitzer (The Summer Reading List). Herewith another summer reading list to beguile the hours spent in hammocks, grass and sand:

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