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Along with sunglasses, sunblock, and sandals, a book is an essential accessory for summer. Though beach reads are often assumed to be frothy and fictional, these seven books run the gamut, from fun topics like pop culture, sports, and music to more serious issues like addiction and troubled relationships. Whether in novel, essay, or memoir form, as a group, these books combine light-hearted humor with analytical insight. Read ‘em all to ensure you’ll have plenty to talk about with those babes you’re bound to meet while sunbathing this summer.