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Sandy dozen: 12 site-specific beach reads

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Rockaway Beach, N.Y.

Book:Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next” by John D. Kasarda and Greg Lindsay (2011)

Perfect page-turning locale: Rockaway Beach, N.Y.

Publisher’s description: “This brilliant and eye-opening look at the new phenomenon called the aerotropolis gives us a glimpse of the way we will live in the near future — and the way we will do business too. Not so long ago, airports were built near cities, and roads connected the one to the other. This pattern — the city in the center, the airport on the periphery — shaped life in the twentieth century, from the central city to exurban sprawl. Today, the ubiquity of jet travel, round-the-clock workdays, overnight shipping, and global business networks has turned the pattern inside out. Soon the airport will be at the center and the city will be built around it, the better to keep workers, suppliers, executives, and goods in touch with the global market.”

Afterword: One-up your Danielle Steele-reading fellow beach-goers by donning both your swimsuit and your thinking cap the next time you head to the beach. Big (use it to weigh down your beach towel on windy days), daunting and brilliant, “Aerotropolis” is best read in a location with clear views of departing and arriving air traffic. Rockaway Beach, practically adjacent to John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, N.Y., certainly fits the bill.