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Searching For A Summer Escape? These 6 Books Will Carry You Away

Journeys — near and far, into the past and even into near space — are the subject of the novels, memoirs and narrative histories that make up my summer reading list. Here are six books to escape with:

Even if you can't get yourself to the solar eclipse's "path of totality" this Aug. 21, any of these very different books will get you onto the path of a totally good story.

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Corrected: July 7, 2017 at 12:00 AM EDT
The audio of this story incorrectly states that 1878 was the last time a total solar eclipse crossed North America, and that the upcoming Aug. 21 eclipse will cross the continental United States. In fact, the last time a total solar eclipse crossed North America was in 1918, and the Aug. 21 eclipse will be crossing the contiguous U.S. In 1878, an eclipse crossed the nation from the Montana territory to Texas.