11 excellent novels for summer reading

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11. "The Buddha in the Attic," by Julie Otsuka

(Knopf Doubleday, 160 pp.) From the early 1900s up through World War II, novelist Julie Otsuka follows the lives of a group of “picture” (mail order) brides who travel to San Francisco from Japan and must create new lives for themselves in a strange country. (August)

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