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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson
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“I could be happy reading almost anything at the beach, but it’s a rare book that takes my mind off the trouble of getting there. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand kept me happy through a tedious delay at the airport, a six-hour flight, a long line at the rental car desk, and a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam.”

Annie Barrows, author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ($7, amazon.com) and the Ivy and Bean series of children’s books.

To buy: $15, amazon.com.