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- Booksmith on Haight Street. Image via SFGate
- Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles. "A fabulous reprint of an unusual adventure, in which two very serious ladies remove themselves from the ordinary and go calmly to pieces in their own unusual ways. Beer, the tropics, ditched husbands and charming
- Carsick by John Waters. Inveterate aesthete and sicko John Waters hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco to see what might happen. What a glorious, wonderful trip.
- The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman. Finally, the third installment in Grossman's fantastic "magicians" trilogy. Quentin is expelled from Fillory and sent on an extraordinary foray among old friends, new enemies, and territories hitherto unknown.
Booksmith staffers appreciate wanderlust —they have to considering the number of travelers who stroll by the Haight Street shop each day— and the store's book selections for our final Beach Reads installment of the year reflect both the challenges and joys of escaping everyday life. So as you prepare to hit the road for a final summer adventure, pack a literary companion who's enjoying a journey as well. From ladies leaving behind the ordinary to a hitchhiker traveling to San Francisco, these picks will remind you that life, like literature, is a trip.