Paperbacks That Help You Escape
Read them on your hammock—or read
them on your lunch break. Either way, you'll be transported to a different
world, with characters that fascinate.
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A Manual for Cleaning Women
A study of tattered lives in the American Southwest, this posthumous collection of Berlin's fiction reilluminates a neglected talent. Whether set in a dingy laundromat in Albuquerque or a detox center in Oakland, each story explores the quiet catharsis and nuanced melancholy of the everyday.
— Sarah Meyer