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Summer Reading

06/23/09 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Summer reading holds a special place on many of our bookshelves.  For some of us, warmer temperatures offer a chance to escape into a good yarn-- like an engrossing legal thriller or a captivating tale of romance.  Others of us turn to the classics or to fresh voices in fiction.  And for still others, it's a chance to catch up on historical biographies or current events.  Whatever type of book you bring to the beach or sit outside under the stars reading, summer seems to offer up the possibility of long stretches of uninterrupted reading time.  To help fill the time, Vermont Edition, brings you its annual summer reading show, and we're asking for your recommendations.

We also hear top recommendations from area booksellers, including Linda Ramsdell at the Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, and Stan Hynds from Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center. We also hear top picks for children's books from Beth Wright at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Listen

Books recommended on the program-

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Lake Champlain: A Natural History by Mike Winslow

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Border Songs by Jim Lynch

Hermann Maier: The Race of My Life by Hermann Maier

The Lightning Thief series by Rick Riordan

Stolen Child by Keith Donohue

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer by Seth Grahame-Smith

True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

The Lamoille Stories by Bill Schubart

Portrait of a Turkish Family by Irfan Orga

A Mad Desire to Dance by Elie Wiesel

Curse of the Spellmans (series) by Lisa Lutz

Father Joe by Tony Hendra

Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula by Stephen Seitz

Sweetwater: A Novel by Roxana Robinson

Timeline by Michael Crichton

Life in the Universe by Michael J. Farrell

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder

South of Broad by Pat Conroy

Selected Works of T.S. Spiget by Reif Larsen

The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King

Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

City of Strangers by Ian MacKenzie

Saturday by Ian McEwan

Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, An American Town by Warren St. John

All That I Have and Go With Me by Castle Freeman, Jr.

The River of Doubt by Candice Millard

Josie Leavitt, Flying Pig Bookstore

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Boo Boo Bird by Jeremy Tankard

Dogs on the Bed by Elizabeth Bluemle

In the Kitchen by Monica Ali

Service Included: Four Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter by Phoebe Damrosch

Books by Linda Greenlaw

Stan Hynds, Book buyer at Northshire Bookstore

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, by Wells Tower
Border Songs, by Jim Lynch
City of Strangers, by Ian MacKenzie
South of Broad, by Pat Conroy (due 8/11)
City of Thieves, by David Benioff
Mudbound, Hillary Jordan

Five Skies, by Ron Carlson

Shadows Still Remain, by Peter de Jonge
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley
Scarecrow, by Michael Connelly

Champlain's Dream, by David Hackett Fischer
War on the Run, by John Ross
Lost City of Z, by David Grann

Beth Wright Redford, Children's Librarian at Fletcher Free Libraray

Picture Books

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale by Deborah Hopkinson

Early Readers

Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss

Pee Wee's Tale by Johanna Hurwitz

Middle Readers

Heat by Mike Lupica

Also The Big Field (baseball)

and Travel Team and Summer Ball (basketball)

Saffy's Angel and its sequels about the Casson family by Hillary McKay

Older Readers

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause and Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - a mix of modern reality survival tv show and the Roman gladiatorial games

Host Jane Lindholm's recommendations-

I'm currently reading "The River of Doubt" by Candice Millard. It's about Teddy Roosevelt's exploration of an Amazon River tributary. He undertook the expedition after losing his bid for a third term as president. Roosevelt often used difficult travel and adventure to overcome life's disappointments, but this trip was almost his last. A fascinating read about a complex and adventurous man, and a journey that held incredible potential for both danger and discovery.

I've recently read two books by Southern Vermont author Castle Freeman: "All That I Have" and "Go With Me." These stories are so neatly encapsulated in short form. If you have a long plane ride or a free afternoon you can devour either in one sitting. Both are set in Vermont and focus on small town characters.

I loved a book called "Water Dogs" by Lewis Robinson. It's a book set in the Maine winter, but it might be a nice mental change of season to read it when the weather gets really hot and muggy. Robinson wrote this novel in a nine foot by nine foot shed in his backyard in Portland, Maine and managed to capture a main character struggling to forge his own identity but still stay true to the "real Maine" he feels like he comes from. Suspenseful, atmospheric, and captivating.

For personal reasons I am really eager to read a book coming out in a few months which is called "Flawed Light: American Women Poets and Alcohol." The author is Brett Millier, and she's my stepmother, so I'm very excited to have a copy in my hands. 



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NPR's Summer Books page Northshire Bookstore Galaxy Bookshop
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