So, with hopefully a vacation coming up, you have that summer book to tote along.

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Actually got going on mine this past weekend, in a hammock no less.  It's not on today's list but a great read, called "This Boy's Life," by Tobias Wolff.  Wolff has some New York association, once taught at Syracuse University.

Here are a few that looked fun.

1) "Buffalo Gal: A Memoir" by Laura Pendersen.

A review from google books writes,
Growing up in the snowblower society of Buffalo, New York, Laura Pedersen's first words were most likely "turn the wheel into a skid." Like many families subsisting in the frigid North during the energy crisis, the Pedersens feared rising prices at the gas pump, argued about the thermostat, fought over the dog to stay warm at night, and often slept in their clothes.

2)  "The First Ward"  by Richard Sullivan

Again more reviews from google books say

 A sweeping historical saga of the Irish-American grab for power in booming Buffalo NY in the latter half of the 19th Century and the personalities involved: newspaper owners, politicians, policemen, murderers and innocents. Based heavily on the lives and crimes of the author's forebearers, many of the events are presented with thoroughly-researched historical accuracy.

3) "Perfect Pairing" by Rachel Spangler

And another google review commented,
Hal Orion is an accomplished chef and food truck owner. She loves her life, her longtime sous chef and best friend, and the food she shares with the residents of her beloved city of Buffalo. Her life is exactly how she wants it: no strings, no commitments, and no roots—just great grilled cheese and a whole lot of freedom on the side.

Here's the complete list.  Now just find the hammock.

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