Master storytellers Anthony Doerr and Frederick Reiken explore interrelated lives, while Carlos Eire describes being airlifted out of Cuba. Rick Springfield recalls his life as a pop star, Michael Scott Moore looks at worldwide surfing culture, and Michael Hiltzik recounts the building of Hoover Dam.
Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations from booksellers Rona Brinlee, Lucia Silva and Daniel Goldin. Their selections for summertime reading include books about small-town America, a polygamist father in over his head, and a postmistress in New England during World War II.
When it comes to perceiving reality, "we are all magicians," writes Frederick Reiken in his new novel, Day for Night. Reiken's novel is full of narratives and narrators — nearly a dozen characters from all over the U.S. and the Middle East help tell this interwoven story.