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Barry Ritholtz

10 Books for Beach or Poolside This Summer

A guidebook to life for college graduates, another work by two-time Pulitzer winner David McCullough and a meditation on thought and genius.

A rite of summer.

A rite of summer.

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It’s that time of year! Memorial Day is almost here, and the season to sit on the beach or poolside and enjoy your favorite authors is upon us.

Here are my top 10 most promising titles for this reading season. There are many, many books on my wish list, including a number recommended by readers. (The complete list of more than 50 suggestions is here; all of our past summer and winter reading lists are here).