Summer Books 2011: The Complete List

Use the list below to browse NPR's Summer Books 2011 recommendations. Each critic's list is presented separately. Click on the article names to read our critics' comments about the books.


'Indie Booksellers Target Summer's Best Reads'
Recommended by Lucia Silva, Portrait of a Bookstore

The Great Night, by Chris Adrian, hardcover, 304 pages, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, list price: $26

The Ada Poems, by Cynthia Zarin, hardcover, 80 pages, Knopf, list price: $25

The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson, hardcover, 320 pages, Ecco, list price: $23.99

The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick DeWitt, hardcover, 336 pages, Ecco, list price: $23.88

A Moment In The Sun, by John Sayles, hardcover, 968 pages, McSweeney's, list price: $29

Recommended by Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Co.

The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season In The Kitchen At Ferran Adria's elBulli , by Lisa Abend, hardcover, 304 pages, Free Press, list price: $26

My Korean Deli: Risking It All For A Convenience Store, by Ben Ryder Howe, hardcover, 320 pages, Henry Holt and Co., list price: $25

Ex Libris: The Art Of Bookplates, by Kevin Wilson, paperback, 112 pages, Yale University Press, list price: $15

The Solitude Of Prime Numbers, by Paolo Giordano, hardcover, 288 pages, Pamela Dorman Books, list price: $25.95

Wingshooters, by Nina Revoyr, paperback, 230 pages, Akashic Books, list price: $15.95

My American Unhappiness, by Dean Bakopoulos, paperback, 288 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, list price: $24

Recommended by Rona Brinlee, The BookMark

You Know When The Men Are Gone, by Siobhan Fallon, hardcover, 227 pages, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, list price: $23.95

22 Britannia Road, by Amanda Hodgkinson, hardcover, 336 pages, Pamela Dorman Books, list price: $26.95

World Without Fish, by Mark Kurlansky, illustrated by Frank Stockton, hardcover, 192 pages, Workman Publishing Company, list price: $16.95

Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell, hardcover, 320 pages, Knopf, list price: $24.95

The Poison Tree, by Erin Kelly, hardcover, 336 pages, Pamela Dorman Books, list price: $26.95


Books Preview: Spotting Summer's High Fliers
Recommended by Rachel Syme

State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett, hardcover, 353 pages, Harper, list price: $26.99

Demon Fish: Travels Through The Hidden World of Sharks, by Juliet Eilperin, hardcover, 320 pages, Pantheon, list price: $26.95

Before I Go To Sleep, by S.J. Watson, hardcover, 368 pages, Harper, list price: $25.99

The Storm at the Door, by Stefan Merrill Block, hardcover, 368 pages, Random House, list price: $25

Bright's Passage: A Novel, by Josh Ritter, hardcover, 208 pages, The Dial Press, list price: $22

Once Upon a River, by Bonnie Jo Campbell, hardcover 348 pages, W.W. Norton, list price: $25.95

The Kid, by Sapphire, hardcover, 384 pages, Penguin Press, list price: $25.95

Turn of Mind, by Alice LaPlante, hardcover, 320 pages, Atlantic Monthly Press, list price: $24

The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan, hardcover, 304 pages, Knopf, list price: $25.95

Sex On The Moon: The Amazing Story Behind The Most Audacious Heist In History, by Ben Mezrich, hardcover, 320 pages, Doubleday, list price: $26.95

Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, And A Sun God From Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human, by Grant Morrison, hardcover, 464 pages,s Spiegel & Grau, list price: $28

Northwest Corner: A Novel, by John Burnham Schwartz, hardcover, 304 pages, Random House, list price: $26

Skyjack: The Hunt For D.B. Cooper, by Geoffrey Gray, hardcover, 352 pages, Crown, list price: $25

Ghosts In The Wires: My Adventures As The World's Most Wanted Hacker, by Kevin Mitnick, hardcover, 432 pages, Little, Brown and Company, list price: $25.99

Anatomy Of A Disappearance, by Hisham Matar, hardcover, 240 pages, The Dial Press, list price: $22


Crime Fiction Picks Serve Up Summertime Suspense
Recommended by Maureen Corrigan

The Snowman, by Jo Nesbo, translated by Don Bartlett, hardcover, 393 pages, Knopf, list price: $25.95

Among The Missing, by Morag Joss, hardcover, 260 pages, Delacourte, list price: $25

What You See In The Dark, by Matthew Munoz, hardcover, 251 pages, Algonquin Books, list price: $23.95

Save Me, by Lisa Scottoline, hardcover, 384 pages, St. Martin's, list price: $27.99

A Drop Of That Hard Stuff, by Lawrence Block, hardcover, 320 pages, Little, Brown and Co., list price: $25.99


Back To Basics: 2011's Simple, Summery Cookbooks
Recommended by T. Susan Chang

Heartland: The Cookbook, by Judith Fertig, hardcover, 304 pages, Andrews McMeel, list price: $35

Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen, by Sara Foster, hardcover, 416 pages, Random House, list price: $35

A Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories from Close to Home, by Martha Hall Foose, hardcover, 256 pages, Clarkson Potter, list price: $32.50

Maine Classics: More than 150 Delicious Recipes From Down East, by Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, hardcover, 320 pages, Running Press, list price: $30

Good Fish: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the Pacific Coast, by Becky Selengut, paperback, 288 pages, Sasquatch Books, list price: $29.95

Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat, by Deborah Krasner, hardcover, 400 pages, Stewart, Tabori and Chang, list price: $40

Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen, by Heidi Swanson, paperback, 256 pages, 10 Speed Press, list price: $23

Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease: 325 Inspiring Recipes by Award-Winning Chef Rozanne Gold, by Rozanne Gold, hardcover, 352 pages, Rodale Books, list price: $35

Fresh & Fast Vegetarian: Recipes That Make a Meal, by Marie Simmons, paperback, 256 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, list price: $17.95

Milk & Cookies: 89 Heirloom Recipes from New York's Milk & Cookies Bakery, by Tina Casaceli, hardcover, 176 pages, Chronicle, list price: $24.95


Insane Science: 5 New Books That Explain The Brain
Recommended by Michael Schaub

The Compass Of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, And Gambling Feel So Good, by David J. Linden, hardcover, 240 pages, Viking, list price: $26.95

The Believing Brain: From Ghosts To Gods To Politics And Conspiracies — How We Construct Beliefs And Reinforce Them As Truths, by Michael Shermer, hardcover, 400 pages, Times Books, list price: $28

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry, by Jon Ronson, hardcover, 288 pages, Riverhead, list price: $25.95

The Optimism Bias: A Tour Of The Irrationally Positive Brain, by Tali Sharot, hardcover, 272 pages, Pantheon, list price: $25.95

A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What The World's Largest Experiment Reveals About Human Desire, by Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam, hardcover, 416 pages, Dutton, list price: $26.95


Mind-Bending Sci-Fi Books For A Fantastical Summer
Recommended by Glen Weldon

Heaven's Needle, by Liane Merciel, paperback, 480 pages, Pocket Star, list price: $7.99

Embassytown, by China Mieville, hardcover, 368 pages, Del Rey, list price: $26

The Quantum Thief, by Hannu Rajaneimi, hardcover, 336 pages, Tor, list price: $24.99

Graveminder, by Melissa Marr, hardcover, 336 pages, William Morrow, list price: $22.99

2030: The Real Story Of What Happens To America, by Albert Brooks, hardcover, 384 pages, St. Martin's, list price: $25.99


Nancy Pearl Presents 10 Terrific Summer Reads
Recommended by Nancy Pearl

Midnight Riot, by Ben Aaronovitch, paperback, 320 pages, Del Ray, list price: $7.99

Matched, by Ally Condie, hardcover, 384 pages, Dutton Juvenille, list price: $17.99

Castle Waiting & Castle Waiting II, by Linda Medley, hardcover, 472 pages and 384 pages, Fantagraphic Books, list price: $29.95 each

Emily, Alone, by Stewart O'Nan, hardcover, 272 pages, Viking Adult, list price: $29.95

The Watery Part Of The World, by Michael Parker, hardcover, 272 pages, Algonquin Books, list price: $23.95

The White Woman On The Green Bicycle, by Monique Roffey, paperback, 448 pages, Penguin, list price: $16

Evening Is The Whole Day, by Preeta Samarasan, paperback, 352 pages, Mariner Books, list price: $13.95

The Coffins Of Little Hope, by Timothy Schaffert, hardcover, 272 pages, Unbridled Books, list price: $24.95

Tooth And Claw, by Jo Walton, paperback, 336 pages, Orb Books, list price: $15.95


Three Critics Pick The Best Books For Summer
Recommended by Laura Miller

The Hypnotist, by Lars Kepler, hardcover, 512 pages, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, list price: $27

The Man In The Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise And Spectacular Fall Of A Serial Impostor, by Mark Seal, hardcover, 336 pages, Viking Adult, list price: $26.95

Recommended by Ron Charles

State Of Wonder, by Ann Patchett, hardcover, 368 pages, Harper, list price: $26.99

Doc, by Mary Doria Russell, hardcover, 416 pages, Random House, list price: $26

West Of Here, by Jonathan Evison, hardcover, 496 pages, Algonquin Books, list price: $24.95

Recommended by Rigoberto Gonzalez

Orientation: And Other Stories, by Daniel Orozco, hardcover, 176 pages, Faber & Faber, list price: $23

Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones, hardcover, 352 pages, Algonquin, list price: $19.95


Dive Into Fiction: Five Picks From Alan Cheuse
Recommended by Alan Cheuse

Miss New India, by Bharati Mukherjee, hardcover, 336 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, list price: $25

Three Stages Of Amazement, by Carol Edgarian, hardcover, 304 pages, Scribner, list price: $25

The Astral, by Kate Christensen, hardcover, 320 pages, Doubleday, list price: $25.95

All The Time In The World, New And Selected Short Stories, by E.L. Doctorow, hardcover, 304 pages, Random House, list price: $26

Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories, 1963-1973, by Kurt Vonnegut, hardcover, 848 pages, Library of America, list price: $35


Hooray For YA: Teen Novels For Readers Of All Ages
Recommended by Julianna Baggott

Flip, by Martyn Bedford, hardcover, 272 pages, Wendy Lamb Books, list price: $16.99

Delirium, by Lauren Oliver, hardcover, 448 pages, HarperCollins, list price: $17.99

Ten Miles Past Normal, by Frances O'Roark, hardcover, 224 pages, Atheneum, list price: $16.99

Trapped, by Michael Northrop, hardcover, 240 pages, Scholastic Press, list price: $17.99

Karma, by Cathy Ostlere, hardcover, 528 pages, Razorbill, list price: $17.99


Summer's Biggest, Juiciest Nonfiction Adventures
Recommended by Rachel Syme

The Man In The Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise And Spectacular Fall Of A Serial Impostor, by Mark Seal, hardcover, 336 pages, Viking Adult, list price: $26.95

Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education Of Two Society Girls In The West, by Dorothy Wickenden, hardcover, 304 pages, Scribner, list price: $26

Turn Right At Machu Picchu: Rediscovering The Lost City One Step At A Time, by Mark Adams, hardcover, 352 pages, Dutton, list price: $26.95

Sex On The Moon: The Amazing Story Behind The Most Audacious Heist In History, by Ben Mezrich, hardcover, 320 pages, Doubleday, list price: $26.95

The Ledge: An Adventure Story Of Friendship And Survival On Mount Rainier, by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan, hardcover, 288 pages, Ballantine, list price: $26


Laugh Yourself Cool: 5 Funny Books To Beat The Heat
Recommended by Dan Kois

Write More Good: An Absolutely Phony Guide, by Bureau Chiefs, paperback, 272 pages, Three Rivers Press, list price: $13

Bloom County, The Complete Library: Vol. 4, 1986-1987, by Berkeley Breathed, hardcover, 288 pages, IDW, list price: $39.99

Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason, by Mike Sacks, paperback, 200 pages, Tin House, list price: $13.95

The Man In The Gray Flannel Skirt, by Jon-Jon Goulian, hardcover, 336 pages, Random House, list price: $25

I Totally Meant To Do That, by Jane Borden, paperback, 240 pages, Broadway Books, list price: $14


Game On! 5 Winning Summer Sports Books
Recommended by Linda Holmes

Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World Of ESPN, by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller, hardcover, 763 pages, Little, Brown & Co., list price: $27.99

Stan Musial: An American Life, by George Vecsey, hardcover, 397 pages, Random House, list price: $26

Basketball Junkie, by Chris Herren and Bill Reynolds, hardcover, 275 pages, St. Martin's Press, list price: $24.99

Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played And Games Are Won, by Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim, hardcover, 278 pages, Random House, list price: $26

Parents Behaving Badly, by Scott Gummer, hardcover, 211 pages, Simon & Schuster, list price: $23


They Came, They Saw, They Cooked: 5 Food Memoirs
Recommended by Susan Jane Gilman

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education Of A Reluctant Chef, by Gabrielle Hamilton, hardcover, 291 pages, Random House, list price: $26

Life, On The Line: A Chef's Story Of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, And Redefining The Way We Eat, by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, hardcover, 390 pages, Penguin Group, list price: $27.50

Beaten, Seared, And Sauced: On Becoming A Chef At The Culinary Institute Of America, by Jonathan Dixon, hardcover, 266 pages, Random House, list price: $24

Day Of Honey: A Memoir Of Food, Love, And War, by Annia Ciezadlo, hardcover, 382 pages, Simon & Schuster, list price: $26

Lunch In Paris: A Love Story, With Recipes, by Elizabeth Bard, paperback, 352 pages, Little, Brown & Co., list price: $13.99

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