Summer Books 2010: The Complete List

Use the list below to browse NPR's Summer Books 2010 recommendations. Each critic's list is presented separately. Click on a book title to read an excerpt. Click on the article names (in parentheses) to read our critics' comments about the books.


Recommended by Cord Jefferson
(Back To Reality: Nonfiction For The Summer's End)

Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India by William Dalrymple, Hardcover, 304 pages, Knopf, list price: $26.95

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain, Hardcover, 304 pages, Ecco, list price: $26.99

I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee, Hardcover, 256 pages, Gallery, list price: $25

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore, Hardcover, 256 pages, Spiegel & Grau, list price: $25

Where We Going Daddy? by Jean-Louis Fournier (translated by Adriana Hunter), Paperback, 128 pages, Other Press, list price: $12


Recommended by Heidi W. Durrow
(Literary Destinations: Five Books To Help You Escape)

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead, Paperback, 352 pages, Anchor, list price: $15.95

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais, Hardcover, 256 pages, Scribner, list price: $23

The Spice Necklace by Anna Vanderhoof, Hardcover, 480 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, list price: $25

The Lovers by Vendela Vida, Hardcover, 240 pages, Ecco, list price: $23.99

Picturing Hemingway's Michigan by Michael R. Federspiel, Hardcover, 200 pages, Wayne State University Press, list price: $39.95


Recommended by Nancy Pearl
(Librarian Nancy Pearl Picks 'Under The Radar' Reads)

Instead of a Letter by Diana Athill, Paperback, 237 pages, W.W. Norton & Company, list price: $14.95

Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin, Paperback, 304 pages, Penguin, list price: $15

The Good Son by Michael Gruber, Hardcover, 400 pages, Henry Holt and Co., list price: $26

Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton, Hardcover, 432 pages, Minotaur, list price: $25.99

Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker, Paperback, 336 pages, Bloomsbury USA, list price: $14

Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay, Hardcover, 592 pages, Roc Hardcover, list price: $26.95

Words for Empty and Words for Full by Bob Hicok, Paperback, 96 pages, University of Pittsburg Press, list price: $14.95

Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel, Paperback, 256 pages, Unbridled Books, list price: $14.95

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli, Hardcover, 400 pages, St. Martin's Press, list price: $24.99


Recommended by Martha Toll
(One Nightstand, Six Affairs: Novels of Illicit Love)

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson, Hardcover, 368 pages, Random House, list price: $25

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell, Hardcover, 352 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, list price: $25

The Other Family by Joanna Trollope, Paperback, 336 pages, Touchstone, list price: $15

The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton, Hardcover, 320 pages, Reagan Arthur Books, list price: $23.99

Invisible by Paul Auster, Paperback, 320 pages, Picador, list price: $15

Hold Me Tight & Tango Me Home by Maria Finn, Paperback, 223 pages, Algonquin Books, list price: $13.95


Recommended by Heller McAlpin
(Fun In The Sun: Laugh-Out-Loud Summer Books)

Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir by Wendy Burden, Hardcover, 288 pages, Gotham, list price: $26

The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books And the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman, Hardcover, 293 pages, FSG, list price: $15

How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley, Hardcover, 271 pages, Riverhead, list price: $24.95

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine, Hardcover, 293 pages, FSG, list price: $25

The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern, Hardcover, 370 pages, Algonquin, list price: $24.95


Recommended by Genevieve Wanucha
(Beakers to Beaches: Summer's Best Science Books)

Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, And The Science Of Success by Matthew Syed, Hardcover, 320 pages, Harper, list price: $25.99

Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Hardcover, 310 pages, Dutton, list price: $26.95

The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine, M.D., Hardcover, 304 pages, Broadway Books, list price: $24.99

How To Defeat Your Own Clone ... And Other Tips For Surviving the Biotech Revolution by Kyle Kurpinsky and Terry D. Johnson, Paperback, 192 pages, Bantam, list price: $14

Long For This World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan Weiner, Hardcover, 320 pages, Ecco, list price: $27.99


Recommended by Glen Weldon
("Zombies And Giant Squid: Summer's Monster Hits!")

Kraken, by China Mieville, Hardcover, 528 pages, Del Rey, list price: $26

Go, Mutants!, by Larry Doyle, Hardcover, 368 pages, Ecco, list price: $23.99

Paul Is Undead, by Alan Goldsher, Paperback, 320 pages, Gallery Books, list price: $15

Johannes Cabal The Detective, by Jonathan L. Howard, Hardcover, 304 pages, Doubleday, list price: $25.95

Stories: All-New Tales, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, Hardcover, 448 pages, William Morrow, list price: $27.99



Recommended by Jane Ciabattari
(Best Of The Bestsellers: Wisdom Of The Crowds)

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabelle Allende (translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden), Hardcover, 464 pages, Harper, list price: $26.99

The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller, Hardcover, 298 pages, Knopf, list price: $25.95

House Rules by Jodi Picoult, Hardcover, 532 pages, Atria, list price: $28

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, Hardcover, 288 pages, The Dial Press, list price: $25

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Hardcover, 384 pages, Crown, list price: $26


Recommended by Critics John Freeman, Laura Miller and Troy Patterson
(Lynn Neary's Critics Picks)

Recommended by Laura Miller

Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay, Hardcover, 592 pages, Roc Hardcover, list price: $26.95

The Good Son: A Novel, by Michael Gruber, Hardcover, 400 pages, Henry Holt and Co., list price: $26

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, by Elif Batuman, Paperback, 304 pages, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, list price: $15

Recommended by John Freeman

Parrot and Olivier In America, by Petery Carey, Hardcover, 400 pages, Knopf, list price: $26.95

The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, by Kay Ryan, Hardcover, 288 pages, Grover Press, list price: $24

Role Models, by John Waters, Hardcover, 320 pages, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, list price: $25

Recommended by Troy Patterson

Hitch-22: A Memoir, by Christopher Hitchens, Hardcover, 448 pages, Twelve Books, list price: $26.99

The Pregnant Widow, by Martin Amis, Hardcover, 384 pages, Knopf, list price: $26.95

Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney, by Marion Meade, Hardcover, 416 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, list price: $28


Recommended by Maureen Corrigan
(Top Reads: Summer Heat Sparks Rise In Crime Novels)

The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katherine Green, Paperback, 352 pages, Penguin Classics, list price: $16

Hell Gate by Linda Fairstein, Hardcover, 400 pages, Dutton, list price: $26.95

Misadventure by Millard Kaufman, Hardcover, 288 pages, McSweeney's, list price: $22

The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst, Hardcover, 320 pages, Doubleday, list price: $25.95

The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell, translated by Laurie Thompson, Hardcover, 384 pages, Knopf, list price: $25.95


Recommended by Alan Cheuse
("Fiction, Long And Short, For Summertime Escapes")

Fun With Problems, by Robert Stone, Hardcover, 208 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, list price: $24

Walks With Men, by Ann Beattie, Paperback, 112 pages, Scribner, list price: $10

The Dreamer, by Pam Munoz Ryan, Hardcover, 374 pages, Scholastic Press, list price: $17.99

A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan, Hardcover, 288 pages, Knopf, list price: $24.95

Lucy, by Laurence Gonzales, hardcover, 320 pages, Knopf, list price: $24.95


Recommended by Michael Schaub
("Historical Fiction: The Ultimate Summer Getaway")

The Long Ships, by Frans G. Bengtsson (translated from the Swedish by Michael Meyer), Paperback, 520 pages, New York Review Books Classics, list price: $17.95

Parrot and Olivier in America, by Peter Carey, Hardcover, 400 pages, Knopf, list price: $26.95

The Last Rendezvous, by Anne Plantagenet (translated from the French by Willard Wood), Paperback, 288 pages, Other Press, list price: $14.95

Stettin Station, by David Downing, Hardcover, 320 pages, Soho Press, list price: $25

I Hotel, by Karen Tei Yamashita, Paperback, 640 pages, Coffee House Press, list price: $19.95


Recommended by Maureen Corrigan
("Summer Titles That Will Take You Back In Time")

Young Romantics: The Tangled Lives of English Poetry's Greatest Generation, by Daisy Hay, Hardcover, 384 pages, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, list price: $27.50

The Great Lover: A Novel (P.S.), by Jill Dawson, Paperback, 336 pages, Harper Perennial, list price: $13.99

Twilight at the World of Tomorrow: Genius, Madness, Murder, and the 1939 World's Fair on the Brink of War, by James Mauro, Hardcover, 432 pages, Ballantine Books, list price: $28

97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement, by Jane Ziegelman, Hardcover, 272 pages, Smithsonian, list price: $25.99


Recommended by T. Susan Chang
("To Market, To Market: 10 Top Summer Cookbooks")

Melissa's Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce: A Guide to Easy-to-Make Dishes with Fresh Organic Fruits & Vegetables, by Cathy Thomas, Hardcover, 336 pages, Wiley, list price: $29.95

Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America's Farmers, by Sur La Table and Janet Fletcher, Hardcover, 320 pages, Andrews McMeel Universal, list price: $35

Fast, Fresh and Green: More than 90 Delicious Recipes for Veggie Lovers, by Susie Middleton, Paperback, 224 pages, Chronicle Books, list price: $24.95

Farmer's Market Desserts, by Jennie Schacht, Paperback, 208 pages, Chronicle Books, list price: $24.95

Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining, by Denise Gee, Hardcover, 144 pages, Chronicle Books, list price: $16.95

Planet Barbecue!: 309 Recipes, 60 Countries, by Steven Raichlen, Paperback, 656 pages, Workman Publishing Co., list price: $22.95

BBQ 25, by Adam Perry Lang, Hardcover, 68 pages, Harper Studio, list price: $19.99

Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking, by Mario Batali and Mark Ladner, Hardcover, 272 pages, Ecco, list price: $29.99

The Big Summer Cookbook: 300 fresh, flavorful recipes for those lazy, hazy days, by Jeff Cox, Paperback, 352 pages, Wiley, list price: $24.95

The Vegetarian Option, by Simon Hopkinson, Hardcover, 224 pages, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, list price: $24.95


Recommended by Booksellers Lucia Silva, Rona Brinlee and Daniel Goldin
("15 Soaring Summer Reads")

Recommended by Lucia Silva

Big Machine: A Novel, by Victor LaValle, Paperback, 384 pages, Spiegel & Grau, list price: $15

Anthropology of an American Girl: A Novel, by Hilary Thayer Hamann, Hardcover, 624 pages, Spiegel & Grau, list price: $26

Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir, by Ander Monson, Paperback, 208 pages, Graywolf Press, list price: $16

Welcome to Utopia: Notes from a Small Town, by Karen Valby, Hardcover, 256 pages, Spiegel & Grau, list price: $25

One More Theory About Happiness: A Memoir, by Paul Guest, Hardcover, 208 pages, Ecco, list price: $21.99

My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge, by Paul Guest, Paperback, 96 pages, Ecco, list price: $13.99

Recommended by Rona Brinlee

52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust, by William Alexander, Hardcover, 352 pages, Algonquin Books, list price: $23.95

Alice I Have Been: A Novel, by Melanie Benjamin, Hardcover, 368 pages, Delacorte Press, list price: $25

The Kingdom of Ohio, by Matthew Flaming, Hardcover, 336 pages, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, list price: $24.95

The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel, by Brady Udall, Hardcover, 602 pages, W.W. Norton & Co., list price: $26.95

The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake, Hardcover, 336 pages, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, list price: $25.95

The Prince of Mist, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Hardcover, 224 pages, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, list price: $17.99

Recommended by Daniel Goldin

Day for Night: A Novel, by Frederick Reiken, Hardcover, 336 pages, Reagan Arthur Books, list price: $24.99

The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel, by Brady Udall, Hardcover, 602 pages, W.W. Norton & Co., list price: $26.95

The Tortoise and the Hare, by Elizabeth Jenkins, Paperback, 288 pages, Virago UK, list price: $15.95

Yarn: Remembering the Way Home, by Kyoko Mori, Paperback, 240 pages, GemmaMedia, list price: $15.95

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman, by Sam Wasson, Hardcover, 256 pages, HarperStudio, list price: $19.99

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