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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Books To Check Out This Summer

Summer reading (David Pritchard/Flickr)

If you’re looking for some books to read this summer, look no further. Here & Now producer Emiko Tamagawa has compiled this list of good reads we’ve featured in the past year. (David Pritchard/Flickr)

When Steve Almond came in to talk about some great summer reads that were also beautifully written, a couple of the books on his list were also featured on our show: Elizabeth Gilbert’s “The Signature of All Things” and Jess Walter’s “Beautiful Ruins.”

That reminded me that there were other good reads that we featured over the past year that you might have missed, and now that summer’s here, you might want to check them out. Here are some suggestions:


  1. Ann Leary “The Good House”
  2. Smith Henderson “Fourth of July Creek”
  3. Bruce Holsinger “A Burnable Book”
  4. Joyce Maynard “After Her”
  5. Wally Lamb “We Are Water”
  6. Kirstin Chen “Soy Sauce for Beginners”
  7. Ruth Reichl “Delicious”
  8. Susan Nussbaum “Good Kings, Bad Kings”
  9. Tom Perrotta “Nine Inches” (short stories)
  10. Boris Fishman “A Replacement Life”
  11. Lisa See “China Dolls”
  12. Neil Gaiman “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains”

Young Adult Fiction

  1. Veronica Roth “Allegiant”
  2. Ransom Riggs “Hollow City”
  3. Lauren Oliver “Panic”
  4. Marianne Malone “The Pirate’s Coin”
  5. Kate DiCamillo “Flora and Ulysses”

Young Adult Non-Fiction

  1. Esther, Lori, and Wayne Earl (Introduction by John Green) “This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl”


  1. Ron Suskind “Life Animated”
  2. Matt Taibbi “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap”
  3. Malal Yousafzai “I am Malala”
  4. Richard Sakwa “Putin and the Oligarchs: The Khodorkovsky-Yukos Affair”
  5. Jane Goodall “Seeds of Hope”
  6. Annick Cohen “Gaddafi’s Harem”
  7. Jeff Bauman “Stronger”
  8. Dave Barry “You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About”
  9. Pat Conroy “The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son”
  10. Malcom Gladwell “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants”
  11. Milton Ezrati “Thirty Tomorrows: The Next Three Decades of Globalization, Demographics, And How We Will Live”
  12. Alice Goffman “On the Run:  Fugitive Life In An American City”
  13. Gail Caldwell “New Life, No Instructions”
  14. John Waters “Carsick”

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