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June 22nd, 2010

Page Turners

We found a perfect summer read from a local author in each of our four Tidbit cities to keep you company during your vacay.

Long live a holiday weekend. Three glorious days of doing whatever sparks your firecracker. Burgers on the barbie, sleeping in late, and maybe even a good book? We found a perfect summer read from a female author in each of our four Tidbits cities to keep you company during your vacay.

In case you didn't know, trilogies are _not_ just for Vampire sagas. Austin-based, MJ Heiser, author of the contemporary fantasy trilogy, _The Chronicles of Jaenrye_. Follow several thirty-somethings in their travels which include encounters with fairies, magic and mystery.

You love to eat, you love Nola. Welcome to _The House on First Street_, a decadent tale of globe-trotting _Vogue_ writer Julia Reed's move to the Garden District where she fixes up a historic home, eats out constantly and watches Katrina's after-effects. Her hilarious style, weaved with insider Crescent City knowledge, will make you ache for an invitation to one of her raucous dinner parties.

Hipster author Katherine Center writes what she knows best – being a mom – but this isn't boring baby-lit. Her characters' honest observations about life in Houston are mostly hilarious and sometimes heart-wrenching. We love all her books, including just-released _Get Lucky_, about a NYC ad exec who returns home to play surrogate for her sis.

_Entertainment Weekly_ writer Karen Valby decided life in a place called Utopia, Texas, had to be pretty darn idyllic. So the Trinity University grad left New York and moved to the Hill Country town of just 241 residents for two years. Her non-fiction chronicle, _Welcome to Utopia_ is getting all sorts of nationwide attention, and Valby says she surprised herself by deciding to settle in Texas when she was done.

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