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We don’t know about you, but come summertime we’ll make any excuse to flee to the beaches of Cape Cod. If that’s where you’re headed, make it a point to stop into Books by the Sea in Osterville. The indie bookshop enthralls tried-and-true bibliophiles as well as those combing its cache for the perfect beach read. Located on the ever charming Main Street (there is also an outpost in South Yarmouth), the store is friendly and as big on community as it is on words. Not only is the staff well-versed on all titles, its owners are dedicated to showcasing local talent. This summer, they’ve planned a slew of readings, signings and lectures, giving patrons even more reason to come calling. We’ve had the good fortune of appearing at the store for a book signing—and were wowed by how the store encourages dialogue between author and reader. It’s a special shop to be sure, but don’t take our word for it, see for yourself. Books by the Sea’s happenings are posted on their Twitter feed: follow @BooksByTheSea or check them out at booksbythesea.net.