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Must-Reads Of Summer 2012

06/25/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Summer is the perfect time to delve into that stack of books that's been piling up on your bedside table. What are some of your summer favorites?

Summer is officially here. That means, among other things, that it's time to break out a beach chair, and a few good books. Or sit on the porch or lie in a hammock, or pack your bags for vacation. To help you decide what should come along with you, whether in hardcover, in paperback or on your e-reader, we talk to Josie Leavitt of the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, and Mike DeSanto of Phoenix Books in Essex and Burlington, about popular reads this season, new books to keep an eye out for, and some of their personal favorites. Fiction and non-fiction, great literature and low brow guilty pleasures, everything is fair game.


Book recommendations from the show:

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" Rebecca Skloot

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

Raja the Race Horse

"Swallows and Amazons" Arthur Ransome

"No Safety in Numbers" Dayna Lorentz

"Discovery of Witches" Deborah Harkness

"Red on Red" Edward Conlon

"The Summer I Turned Pretty" Jenny Hahn

"The Art of Hearing Heartbeats" Jan-Phillip Sendker

"Carry The One" Carol Anshaw

"The Weird Sisters" Eleanor Brown

"Wild" Cheryl Strayed

"Cliff Walking" Stephen Russell Payne

"Interventions" Richard Russo

"Night Strangers" Chris Bohjalian

"Life in a Jar" Jack Mayer

"Nothing Daunted" Dorothy Wickenden

David Huddle novels

"Lost on a Mountain in Maine" Don Fendler

"The Fault in Our Stars" John Green

"50 Shades of Gray" E.L. James

"The Tiger's Wife" Tea Obreht

"Caleb's Crossing" Geraldine Brooks

"Swamplandia" Karen Russell

"Joy for Beginners" Erica Bauermeister

"Following Atticus" Tom Ryan

"A Visit from the Goon Squad" Jennifer Egan

"Against Wind and Tide" Reeve Lindbergh

"The Worry Week" Anne Lindbergh and Kevin Hawkes

"Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain" Daniel Lusk

The works of Kurt Vonnegut

"Even Silence Has an End" Ingrid Betancourt

"Skios" Michael Frayn

"Canada" Richard Ford

"In One Person" John Irving


(*Many other recommendations from listeners in the comments section below)




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