Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter | "If you want to escape a little bit, this is your book. It takes place near Cinque Terre, in Italy, and starts out in 1962, when an innkeeper meets a beautiful, dying actress. He falls in love with her, and then it goes back and forth in time. It has Italy; it has Hollywood; it has a sweeping scope. All of these great threads come together in a really entertaining way."