Books Ron Carlson Books by Ron Carlson Ron Carlson has written books about: Fiction Literary Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Ron Carlson Book Reviews NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2013's Great Reads December 4, 2013 NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read. Critics' Lists: Summer '07 Savor the Season with a Picnic of Good Books June 4, 2007 Summer is the season we can finally tackle the books that have been piling up on our desks and forming small mountains on the floor. Book critic Alan Cheuse offers a selection of some of the best books of late spring and early summer, and some classics that are always present in his literary landscape. Savor the Season with a Picnic of Good Books Listen Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/10580049/10712708" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Summer Books 2007: Excerpts Excerpt: 'Five Skies: A Novel' June 4, 2007 Book critic Alan Cheuse recommends Ron Carlson's first novel in many years — "a fine book about fathers and sons, troubled brothers, lost wives — a deep portrait of three construction workers in the wilds of Idaho during a pivotal summer for them all."