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Sandy dozen: 12 site-specific beach reads

By: Matt Hickman on May 25, 2011, 7:12 a.m.
blue water, rocky coastline

Photo: Glenn Franco Simmons/Flickr

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Big Sur, Calif.

Book:Tropic of Capricorn” by Henry Miller (1939)

Perfect page-turning locale: Big Sur, Calif.

Description: “Banned in America for almost 30 years because of its explicit sexual content, this companion volume to Miller’s 'Tropic of Cancer' chronicles his life in 1920s New York City. Famous for its frank portrayal of life in Brooklyn’s ethnic neighborhoods and Miller’s outrageous sexual exploits, 'The Tropic of Capricorn' is now considered a cornerstone of modern literature.”

Afterword: Although Miller’s semi-autobiographical highbrow smult classic doesn’t take place on the beautiful (but not particularly swimmer friendly) beaches of Big Sur, Calif., reading this book without a plain brown paper cover would be no problem … you’re in Miller country. Big Sur is the celebrated author’s final resting place (his ashes were scattered here) and is home to the Henry Miller Memorial Library and the Henry Miller Art Museum.