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What are you reading this summer?

06/06/08 12:00PM By Mitch Wertlieb
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Novels and mysteries, short stories and epic journeys, fantastical tales and harrowing suspense: every summer our reading wish lists leave us wondering how many books we can stuff into our beach bags. Join Host Mitch Wertlieb to hear recommendations for great summer fiction from area librarians, booksellers and VPR listeners. (Listen)

Recommend your favorite books now, and find out what VPR staff are reading by posting your thoughts here.

(You can also send your suggestions via e-mail by clicking here.)

Also, Middlebury College Professor Jay Parini reminds us not to forget about the joys of poetry. He discusses his new book, Why Poetry Matters. (Listen)

 

 

Fiction Recommendations:

 

Lynne Reed, co-owner Misty Valley Books

Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

The Crazy School by Cornelia Read

The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

The Enchantress of Florency by Salman Rushdie

Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

The Other by David Guterson

So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

 

Non-fiction

The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester

 

Stephanie Chase, Director of Stowe Free Library

Beginner's Greek by James Collins

The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst

The Girl with No Shadow by Joanne Harris

The Cruelest Month (a Three Pines mystery) by Louise Penny

An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs series) by Jacqueline Winspear

Stephanie Meyer's Twilight vampire series

The Host, by Stephanie Meyer

 

Summer Favorites:

The Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Fun Beach Reads:

Historical romances by Stephanie Laurens and Julia Quinn

Mysteries by Sarah Strohmeyer

Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series

 

Books for Teens:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (Eragon series)

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

 

Books for Kids:

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems

John Sciezka's Trucktown books

Skippyjon Jones

Ivy and Bean books

 

Non-fiction:

When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

 

Books recommended during the program:

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Last, Last Chance by Fiona Maazel

books by Stephanie Meyer

Because a Fire Was in My Head by Lynn Stegner

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Sarah Strohmeyer novels

Waiting for Teddy Williams by Howard Frank Mosher

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

The Shell Game by Steve Alten

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

The Other by David Guterson

So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies by John Murray

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

The Cruelest Month (a Three Pines mystery) by Louise Penny

An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs series) by Jacqueline Winspear

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

books by Charles Bukowski

Short stories by John B. Keane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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