If you're like us, you are probably busy enjoying the outdoors and trying to cram a lot of living into the short Alaska summer. Whether you are on a plane, on a train or somewhere on the water waiting for the big one to bite, here are a few fun and easy reads recommended by our staff members.

Feel free to share with us what you're reading, watching or listening to or make a recommendation of your own in the comments section.

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Oil and marble : a novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo
By Stephanie Storey

Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his youth and lack of sophistication. Michelangelo both loathes and worships Leonardo’s genius. Oil and Marble is the story of their nearly forgotten rivalry. Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, and has entered with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters. The book is an art history thriller.

"A great story about da Vinci and Michelangelo." - Crystal

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In search of Cleo : how I found my pussy and lost my mind
By Gina Gershon
A founding member of the New York City theater group Naked Angels traces her life-long relationship with cats while recounting the loss of and search for a beloved feline companion, a quest through the back streets of Los Angeles that led to encounters with numerous personalities.

"Funny! True story about a famous actress." - Jessie

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The Road Home
by Eliza Thomas
In her forties, author Eliza Thomas suddenly realizes it's time to find a new alternative to her drafty Boston apartment. She sets off to slowly rebuild her life and home in an old Boy Scout camp in Vermont.


" Thomas discovers creating a home is as much about creating a life." -  Alisha

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Dad is Fat
by Jim Gaffigan
Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan expresses the joys and horrors of life with five young children. A sharply observed and explosively funny cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

"An amusing, light read." - Katie

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The Apartment
by Danielle Steel
Four young women come together by chance in the heart of New York City at turning points in their lives. A spacious walk-up loft in Hell's Kitchen becomes home as they embark on new, exhilarating adventures.
 
"Quick, easy summer read." - Deborah
 

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Turbo Twenty-Three
by Janet Evanovich
In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts. Larry Virgil skips out on a court date and flees a crime scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with ice cream and a frozen body covered in chocolate and chopped pecans. For bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, a girl with  "virtually no marketable skills," this is the kind of sweet assignment she does best.

"Funny and refreshing read. It's my annual trip down to the Jersey shore." - Kate


 


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