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Megan McCluskey, store manager at Books & Books (Cayman) Ltd, recommends three of her favourite books for spring and summer reading.

“Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter
It is rare to find an author who can create such a full, lush and utterly satisfying story. Walter juggles a dozen characters, half as many storylines, a few decades and two or three countries and you finish it is with a contented sigh because it is just a simply wonderful novel. As a bonus – for those of us who do judge a book by its cover – the novel’s jacket is gorgeous. I want a print of it to hang on my wall.

“Insane City” by Dave Barry
The insane, profane and always hilarious Dave Barry takes us through the seedier side of Miami with his latest book “Insane City”. Combine renegade pirates, Russian mobsters, mysteriously powerful billionaires, Haitian refugees and, of course, a bachelor party. Toss in a python snake named Blossom and what do you have? Dave Barry at his twisted best. Just when you think he can’t go any crazier or implausible, he does, and makes it work.

“Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns)” by Mindy Kaling
For something silly and sweet and utterly hysterical, this is the perfect beach book. Mindy, one of the writers on “The Office” TV show, gives us her ramblings and musings on everything from karaoke etiquette and “irish Exits” to her favourite 11 moments in comedy. She’s the best friend who says what everyone else is thinking but afraid to say, only because we could never say it as smartly or wittily as she does.