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Happyish campers

Ah, summer camp: the cliques, the practical jokes, the humiliations, the bug bites. Good times.

The Boy Camper: 200 Outdoor Projects and Activities (Hearst Books), by the editors of Popular Mechanics, collects vintage advice on camping, fishing, archery and more — though we don't see why the boys should have all the fun.

Camp Camp: Where Fantasy Island Meets Lord of the Flies (Crown), by Roger Bennett and Jules Shell, compiles campers' memories from the 1980s and early '90s — and hilarious photos documenting the era's most cringe-inducing fashions and big giant hair.

Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp (William Morrow), by Stephanie Klein, is a sharp, funny and moving memoir by the now-svelte blogger and author (Straight Up and Dirty) about how a camp for overweight youngsters helped her cope with obesity and really mean kids.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: Happyish campers 05/31/08 [Last modified: Saturday, May 31, 2008 4:30am]
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