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Critics' Lists: Summer 2009

The waves are lapping the shore, and you are ... madly turning pages — the best beach reads ever.

Books Set On Beaches Capture Seaside Scene

The waves are lapping the shore, and you are ... madly turning pages — the best beach reads ever.

Looking to cozy up with some good books? Librarian Nancy Pearl has some great suggestions.

Librarian Nancy Pearl Picks Summer's Best Books

Looking to cozy up with some good books? Librarian Nancy Pearl has some great suggestions.

These five works of history, journalism and biography will shock, inform and delight.

Summer Nonfiction: True Tales Enlighten, Delight

These five works of history, journalism and biography will shock, inform and delight.

This year's selections take readers from the great outdoors to the inside of a Scrabble factory.

Independent Booksellers Pick Summer's Best Reads

This year's selections take readers from the great outdoors to the inside of a Scrabble factory.

From serial killers to stashed jewels to snakes on the loose, these mysteries have it all.

For Summer Sleuths: Best Mystery, Crime Novels

From serial killers to stashed jewels to snakes on the loose, these mysteries have it all.

Alan Cheuse recommends seven works of poetry and fiction for the dog days of summer.

Alan Cheuse's Summer Book Picks

Alan Cheuse recommends seven works of poetry and fiction for the dog days of summer.

Although this list includes mystery, sci-fi and a comic, these are not frothy, forgettable reads.

Best Fiction For Every Kind Of Summer Day

Although this list includes mystery, sci-fi and a comic, these are not frothy, forgettable reads.

All too often. "summer reading" means brainless beach reads, but these five books buck the trend.

On The Hunt For Fabulous Fiction

All too often. "summer reading" means brainless beach reads, but these five books buck the trend.

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Excerpts: Recommended Books

Josephine Tey's <em>Brat Farrar</em> features a young man masquerading as the heir to a fortune.

Excerpt: 'Brat Farrar'

Josephine Tey's Brat Farrar features a young man masquerading as the heir to a fortune.

Detective inspector Karen Pirie finds herself working with two cases that originated in the 1980s.

Excerpt: 'A Darker Domain'

Detective inspector Karen Pirie finds herself working with two cases that originated in the 1980s.

Alan Bradley's first novel is gore-free, very funny in places and narrated by a real charmer.

Excerpt: 'The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie'

Alan Bradley's first novel is gore-free, very funny in places and narrated by a real charmer.

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