Summer Reading List
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May 23, 2002 -- Melinda Penkava hosts Talk of the Nation's annual discussion of the best summer reading. Her guests include David Kipen, book critic for The San Francisco Chronicle; Laura Miller, editorial director for Salon.com and Elizabeth Taylor, literary editor for The Chicago Tribune. Martha Davis Beck, editor of Riverbank Review, a quarterly publication about children's literature, weighs in with the best summer books for kids.
David Kipen's list:
Bad Boy Brawly Brown, by Walter Mosley (Little Brown & Co., 2002).
Dirt Music, by Tim Winton (Scribner, 2002).
Embattled Dreams, by Kevin Starr (Oxford University Press, 2002).
Radiance, by Carter Scholz (Picador, 2002).
The Rotters' Club, by Jonathan Coe (Knopf, 2002).
Three Junes, by Julia Glass (Pantheon, 2002).
Laura Miller's list:
Big If, by Mark Costello (W. W. Norton & Co., 2002).
The City of Your Final Destination, by Peter Cameron (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002).
The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde (Viking Press, 2002).
The Last American Man, by Elizabeth Gilbert (Viking Press, 2002).
Lusitania, by Diana Preston (Walker & Co., 2002).
Prague, by Arthur Phillips (Random House, 2002).
The Years of Rice and Salt, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Bantam Doubleday Dell, 2002).
Elizabeth Taylor's list:
Cherry, by Sarah Wheeler (Random House, 2002).
The Dive from Clausen's Pier, by Ann Packer (Knopf, 2002).
Florence: A Delicate Case, by David Leavitt (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002).
The Perfect Store, by Adam Cohen (Little Brown & Co., 2002).
The Pirate Hunter, by Richard Zacks (Hyperion, 2002).
Still Love in Strange Places, by Beth Kephart (W. W. Norton & Co., 2002).
Tuxedo Park, by Jennet Conant (Simon & Schuster, 2002).
Will the Circle Be Unbroken, by Studs Terkel (New Press, 2001).
Handbook for Boys: A Novel, by Walter Dean Myers (HarperCollins Juvenile Books, 2002).
Holes, by Louis Sachar (Yearling Books, 2000).
Silent to the Bone, by E. L. Konigsburg (Pocket Books, 2002)
Martha Davis Beck's list:
19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, by Naomi Shihab Nye (Greenwillow, 2002).
Benny and the Binky, by Barbro Lindgren (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002)>
The Broken Cat, by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow, 2002).
Clever Beatrice, by Margaret Willey (Simon & Schuster, 2002).
Everything on a Waffle, by Polly Horvath (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002).
Familiar and Haunting, by Philippa Pearce (Greenwillow, 2002).
Field Trips: Bug Hunting, Animal Tracking, Bird Watching, Shore Walking, by Jim Arnosky (HarperCollins, 2002).
Hole in My Life, by Jack Gantos (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002).
Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autoiography, by Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins Juvenile Books, 2002).
Madlenka's Dog, by Peter Sis (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002).
Mud is Cake, by Pam Munoz Ryan (Hyperion, 2002).
The Stray Dog, by Marc Simont (HarperCollins, 2002).>
Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements (Philomel, 2002).
Ruby Holler, by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins, 2002).
Seek, by Paul Fleishman (Cricket, 2001).>
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brasheares (Delacorte, 2002).
True Believer, by Virginia Euwer Wolff (Atheneum, 2001).
What Charlie Heard, by Mordicai Gerstein (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002).
Wildflowers around the Year, by Hope Ryden (Clarion, 2001).
Zazoo, by Richard Mosher (Clarion, 2002).
Girl Singer: an Autobiography, by Rosemary Clooney (Random House, 1999).
Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco Press, 2001).
Linked Arms: A Rural Community Resists Nuclear Waste, Thomas V. Peterson (State University of New York Press, 2001).
Lucky Man: A Memoir, by Michael J. Fox (Hyperion, 2002).
Malaise, by Nancy Lemann (Scribner, 2002).
Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden (Vintage Books, 1999).
Next of Kin: My Conversations With Chimpanzees, by Roger Fouts (Bard Books, 1998).
The Ornament of the World, by Maria Rosa Menocal (Little Brown & Co., 2002).
Salt: A World History, by Mark Kurlansky (Walker & Co., 2002).
Shelters of Stone, by Jean M. Auel (Crown Publishing, 2002).
Ben and Me, by Robert Lawson (Little Brown & Co., 1988).
Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic Paperbacks, 1999).
The Plot that Thickened, by P.G. Wodehouse (G. K. Hall, 1973).
Wolf Trails, by Nik Sawe (Dunhill Publishing, 2001).