cranny is a freelance magazine writer about food from different regions. Just as a great recipe is balanced and spiced, so Straub mixes the stress and comedy of a family holiday spent in close quarters to delightful effect. Charles and his husband, Lawrence, are waiting to hear whether they’ve been chosen to adopt a baby boy. All she wants from this holiday is to lose her virginity and try to forget her best friend’s betrayal. Cue Joan, the gorgeous local college boy cranny has hired to tutor Sylvia in Spanish. Emma Straub has captured this dilemma in her pitch-perfect second novel The Vacationers. Angela Carstensen, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City –This text refers to the Hardcover edition. The teen cannot wait to start at Brown University in the fall. Gr 9 Up—In this delightful concoction, family and friends come together for two weeks of summer holiday on the island of Mallorca. Straub fleshes out all of these characters, effortlessly illuminating their foibles and mistakes, mitigated by the grace of forgiveness and familial understanding.
“On one hand, they offer a convenient means of setting up transactions . . .but on the other, the open nature of these sites that appeals to their users also appeals to scammers,” alerts the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in a seasonal warning about the vacation road to disappointment. “Be on the lookout for too-good-to-be-true vacation and house rental deals in online classified ads,” it said. Some scam operations take photos and descriptions of properties from real estate listings and post the information to a classified ad as a rental property. “When interested renters inquire, the ‘owner’ of the rental claims to be out of town and offers to send the keys for the property if a security deposit and first months rent are paid upfront, typically by wire transfer. These crooks just take the money and run.” Most imposter ripoffs – fake ads for rentals, for example – share these characteristics: You are interacting by email or text with someone who is not in your area; The transaction begins with a vague initial inquiry and the back and forth communications are riddled with spelling and grammatical errors; You are asked to make a payment by wire transfer, prepaid debit card, PayPal or another service that provides instant transactions that leave little trace; and The other party either refuses to meet or claims to be unable to meet face-to-face to complete the transaction. Some tips to remember when dealing with another party through an online classified ad: If you are making a purchase or selling an item, deal locally and meet face-to-face with the other party in a public place. Be suspicious of over-the-top claims and too-good-to-be-true prices. Never wire funds to strangers or provide the code and PIN from a prepaid debit or gift card.
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Charles and his husband, Lawrence, are waiting to hear whether they’ve been chosen to adopt a baby boy. The Vacationers is a summer read for sure, but you’d be hard pressed to find a smarter one. All she wants from this holiday is to lose her virginity and try to forget her best friend’s betrayal. Angela Carstensen, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City –This text refers to the Hardcover edition. The teen cannot wait to start at Brown University in the fall.