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It's All Astronaut Wives Tales at Books & Books This Summer

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Welcome to Beach Reads, the series that delivers page-turning picks for the dog days of summer.

You want to talk about Miami's best bookstores? You can't without mentioning Books & Books, and for this edition of Beach Reads, we've headed to their Coral Gables shop. Positioned right off of Miracle Mile, this particular location has crave-able dishes prepared by Irving Fields of Granny Feelgoods, which is a notable Downtown eatery, a courtyard bar manned by a friendly man named Raul and a rolling list of celebrity authors who pop in for book signings.

Spilling her favorite beach reads this week is Darby Collins-Smith, who works at Books & Books in the Gables. "Ever since I learned to read, I've read at least a book a week, which amounts to a stack that would rival Mount Everest, but I refuse to divulge my age..." she claims. She also doesn't discriminate against genres. "I require imaginative, well-executed prose. I want my books to give me the experience of 'walking in another person's shoes,' to take me to a place unknown in both a geographical and psychological way," she states. In a way, that's kind of what you're doing right after the jump.
· Books & Books [Official Site]
· Find Tales of Stiltsville at The Bookstore in the Grove This Summer [Racked Miami]
· All Beach Reads Posts [Racked Miami]