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Sandy dozen: 12 site-specific beach reads

By: Matt Hickman on May 25, 2011, 7:12 a.m.
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Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Book:Sag Harbor” by Colson Whitehead (2009)

Perfect page-turning locale: Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Publisher’s description: “Benji Cooper is one of the few black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. But every summer, Benji escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals have built a world of their own. The summer of ’85 won’t be without its usual trials and tribulations, of course. There will be complicated new handshakes to fumble through and state-of-the-art profanity to master. Benji will be tested by contests big and small, by his misshapen haircut (which seems to have a will of its own), by the New Coke Tragedy, and by his secret Lite FM addiction. But maybe, just maybe, this summer might be one for the ages.”

Afterword: Hamptons-bound this summer? Inject a bit of much-needed brainy nostalgia into your summer beach reading by adding Colson Whitehead’s funny and poignant autobiographical coming-of-age novel to your trusty stack of People, Star, OK! and Us Weekly magazines. Children of the ‘80s will particularly get a kick out the book, the fourth written by Whitehead, a 2002 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship.