Summer travel — with its hurried flight connections, unexpected road construction and crowded stations — can be a headache no matter the destination. Unless, of course, you’re being whisked away to a far-off world courtesy of a great new book.

We asked our Roanoke Times staff members, and a few special guests, to share their top picks for summertime reads. Whether you enjoy crime thrillers, sci-fi puzzlers, comic memoirs or historical nonfiction, we’ve got you covered.

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