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Summer Reading

07/15/10 12:00PM By Mitch Wertlieb
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We're in the midst of a summer heat wave and there's no better time to head to the beach or find a shady spot, and get lost in a good book.  During our annual Summer Reading program, we talk with area booksellers about what's flying off their shelves and hear your top picks for the season.  Our guests include Claire Benedict, the owner of Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, and Mike DeSanto, the owner of Phoenix Books in Essex.  Listen

Also, on July 1st new rules regarding federal education loans took effect.  Those loans are now only available directly through the government, and that change makes a big impact on the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, or VSAC.  We talk with VSAC President and CEO Don Vickers about how his organization is working to raise capital to fund private loans. Listen

Books and authors mentioned on-air:

Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy

Man from Beijing and the Wallander books by Henning Mankel

Walking to Gatlinburg, Howard Frank Mosher

Remarkable Creatures, Sean Carroll

A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

The Passage, Justin Cronin

The Ask, Sam Lipsyte

Next, James Hynes

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

Midnight Fires: A Mystery With Mary Wollstonecraft, Nancy Means Wright

Kings of the Earth, John Clinch

What is the Left the Daughter, Howard Norman

Authentic Patriotism, Stephen Kiernan

Hay Fever, Angela Miller

The Tempest's Tale, Walter Mosley

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins

Backing into Forward by Jules Feiffer

The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir, Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Losing the Garden, Laura Waterman

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Edith Wharton's books

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Willie Mays, the Life, the Legend, James Hirsch

Ordinary Magic, Ruth King Porter

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery

When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

Faithful Place, Tana French

Blind Descent, James Tabor

Born to Run, Chris McDougal

American Gods, Neil Gaiman

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

The Typewriter is Holy, Bill Morgan

Confections of a Closet Master Baker, Gesine Bullock-Prado

The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

2666, Roberto Bolano

Await Your Reply, Dan Choan

Return to Sender, Julia Alvarez

 

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