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Summer Reading List

Lucky girl that I am, I'm headed off on another incredible vacation tomorrow — it's rare that I take even one a summer, so two is truly exceptional. This time I'll be gone for three weeks, visiting a tiny medieval village in France, with nary a public library nor Barnes & Noble in reach. So I've got to import all my reading material, and to that end I've amassed a collection culled from the books publishers send us here at NPR and from the shelves of my local library. So far I have...

You Don't Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem
The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs
Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer by Warren St. John
Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye by Jonathan Lethem

So, I've got one non-fiction book, one bodice-ripper, and a pile of reasonably serious contemporary fiction... by men. I'm looking for one or two recommendations to round out my traveling library... I'm thinking books by women, and possibly something a bit more classic, though I must warn you that if it's not immediately gripping, anything remotely canon-worthy will probably just gather dust. Any ideas? Please leave them for me in the comments section, and I'll pick them up after work... in the meantime, I'm going to revisit our annual summer reading show for recs!