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AN ABSOLUTE SCANDAL by Penny Vincenzi (Doubleday); 575 pages; $24.95. (Excerpt)

ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING by Janelle Brown (Spiegel & Grau); 401 pages; $24. (Excerpt)

THE BEACH HOUSE by Jane Green (Viking); 341 pages; $24.95.

BRINGING HOME THE BIRKIN: MY LIFE IN HOT PURSUIT OF THE WORLD’S MOST COVETED HANDBAG by Michael Tonello (William Morrow); 257 pages; $25.95.

CHASING HARRY WINSTON by Lauren Weisberger (Simon & Schuster); 280 pages; $25.95. (Excerpt)

THE DAY I ATE WHATEVER I WANTED: AND OTHER SMALL ACTS OF LIBERATION by Elizabeth Berg (Random House); 242 pages; $23. (Excerpt)

LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH by Emily Giffin (St. Martin’s Press); 342 pages; $24.95.

SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet (Little, Brown and Company); 309 pages; $24.99. (Excerpt)

SWEET LOVE by Sarah Strohmeyer (Dutton); 302 pages; $24.95. (Excerpt)

TROPHIES by Heather Thomas (William Morrow); 511 pages; $24.95. (Excerpt)

Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
Even better, when its Tiffany-blue dust jacket is removed, “Bringing Home the Birkin” looks as if it’s bound in Hermès crocodile. This is an expert feat of one-upmanship, since the most merchandise-minded beach books are hellbent on putting something either flauntable or edible on their covers.

Trumping the competition’s graphics took ingenuity. After all, the flashiest beach book of the moment, Lauren Weisberger’s “Chasing Harry Winston,” has cover art depicting diamond rings stacked on the super-high spike

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