'Beautiful Ruins' by Jess Walter

Release date: June 12, 2012 Why to throw it in your beach bag: Though not exactly about Elizabeth Taylor, this novel weaves a fascinating tale about how her antics on the set of "Cleopatra" had a ripple effect, making waves from the tiny coastal town of Porto Vergogna, Italy in 1962 to present-day Hollywood. It's a fascinating story of a train-wreck romance -- though, not the one you expect, perhaps -- and with Lindsay Lohan's biopic on the way, we'd rather hear it this way first. -- Carina Adly MacKenzie, Zap2it
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