Matches between bathing suits and books. I discover each match by hand at the matchbook world HQ in San Francisco.

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The book: About a Mountain by John D’Agata

The first sentence: “If you take the population of Las Vegas, Nevada, and you divide that number by the number of days in the year, there should be 5,000 people in the city and its suburbs with a birthday on the same day Las Vegas began.”

The cover designer: Steve Attardo

The bathing suit: Printed Surf One Piece by Free People. $249. 

The book: I Was Told There’d be Cake by Sloane Crosley

The first sentence: “As most New Yorkers have done, I have given serious and generous thought to the state of my apartment should I be killed during the day.”

The cover designer: Ben Gibson.

The bathing suit: Havana Floral Adjustable Bandeau Cut Out Maillot by Marc by Marc Jacobs. $104.99. 

The book: The Bee Keeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King

The first sentence: “I was fifteen when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with a nose in my book as I walked the Sussex Downs, and nearly stepped on him.”

The bathing suit: Beach Honeycomber One Piece by ModCloth.

The book: A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies by John Murray

The first sentence: “On the first morning of the training in Bombay, just minutes before she collapsed, Elizabeth Dinakar stood in front of two hundred people in the conference hall, pointed up at the bacteria magnified on the wall in front of her, and said “This is your enemy.”

The bikini: La Perla Modern Art Bandeau Bikini