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August 7, 2007 C. David Heymann's biography gives us the Kennedy children as people, not national symbols. This book was selected by Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates for her midsummer reading roundup.
August 6, 2007 Nancy Isenberg's years of research have yielded a very readable history of Aaron Burr, a complex, elegant man. This biography was selected by Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates in her late-summer reading recommendations.
August 6, 2007 In an effort to perfect herself, Jennifer Niesslein decides to follow the advice of several professional advice-givers, and the results are alternatingly hilarious and head-scratching.
July 24, 2007 Joshua Ferris' novel begins just as the economic boom of the 1990s is beginning to head south. Nancy Pearl says the book, which explores the meaning of work and identity, made her "feel good about the state of contemporary fiction."
August 7, 2007 The plot of Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White pivots on fraud and identity theft — modern problems that turn out not to be so modern after all. Writer Jennifer Egan recommends the thriller, written in 1860.
August 10, 2007 Set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Between the Tides tells the story of a woman who must deal with her tragic past. Georgia Public Radio's St. John Flynn calls the novel, "Southern fiction at its best."
August 14, 2007 John Updike's best-selling thriller is an unsettling depiction of a pious Muslim teenager from New Jersey who is led step by step into a terrorist plot. Updike says the book is about "a long struggle with doubt and a boy trying to keep his faith."
August 10, 2007 Days of the Endless Corvette is a celebration of small-town life. Atlanta author Man Martin describes his debut novel as "a story of true love, the mystery of life, and car repair."
July 31, 2007 Giorgio Bassani's tragic The Garden of the Finzi-Continis chronicles a wealthy Jewish family's struggle to keep change — and destruction — at bay in Mussolini's Italy. Recommended by author Dalia Sofer.
August 10, 2007 Rooted in the oral traditions of Southern folklore, Down Town tells the tale of a small town south of Atlanta, spanning from the end of the Civil War to more than a century later. Recommended by St. John Flynn, host of GPB's Cover to Cover.
July 24, 2007 Tana French's intense debut novel is part whodunit, part psychological thriller, and wholly successful, recommends Nancy Pearl. Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox are Dublin police detectives who are called in to investigate the murder of a young girl.
August 10, 2007 Alysa of the Field begins a science fiction/fantasy series that takes place on the fictional planet Xunar-kun. Although intended for young readers, WSKG's Bill Jaker says it appeals to all ages.
July 23, 2007 Writer Augusten Burroughs says Carson McCullers' The Member of the Wedding captures the magic of summer: "The pages themselves nearly sweat, and there is humidity between the lines."
August 10, 2007 This novel-in-stories' major theme is the search for enduring love among individuals shackled to their own faults and foibles. WSKG's Bill Jaker calls the book "a mixed brew of laughter and tears."
August 10, 2007 Is evolution for everyone? Dr. David Sloan Wilson of Binghamton University argues that science and religion can coexist peacefully. His book strives "to harmonize evolution and religion in a noncontroversial manner."
August 7, 2007 Carter's sprawling, old-fashioned whodunit unravels the murder of a noted Ivy League economist. The book's heroes are an accomplished and well-connected black American couple whose fictional family saga offers a window into a rarely seen part of our culture.
August 10, 2007 Donald Mace Williams reveals the history behind the beautiful Renaissance-inspired artwork adorning a modest Catholic church in rural Texas. The pieces were created in 1945 by Italian prisoners of war, in an attempt to increase their food rations.
August 10, 2007 Aryn Kyle's debut novel describes one family's pursuit of prosperity through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl. HPPR's Stacy Clopton Yates calls it a "beautiful and heartbreaking story of isolation, family, class, love and death."
July 24, 2007 Nancy Pearl recommends Georgina Howell's riveting biography of Gertrude Bell to biography fans, history buffs, or any reader with an interest in the deep background of events playing out in the Middle East today.
August 10, 2007 Sam Quinones' collection of stories provides incredible insight into how immigration impacts both sides of the border. HPPR's Stacy Clopton Yates says, "each of these riveting tales is a microcosmic lesson in both history and sociology."
July 24, 2007 Jane Hirshfield's newest collection reflects on her Buddhist practice of many years. "In these gorgeously wrought poems," writes Nancy Pearl, "each word somehow feels as though it were handmade for the particular purpose of being part of that particular poem."
July 24, 2007 Richard Flanagan's deeply unsettling new novel features first-class writing, a central character whose past and present will tear your heart in two, and a plot that carries you inexorably along to the last sad and awful climactic scene, recommends Nancy Pearl.
August 10, 2007 Set in 1930s Texas, Paulette Jiles' second novel is the story of the Stoddard clan — particularly the Stoddard women — who endure storms within their own family and community. Recommended by Stacy Clopton Yates, host of HPPR's High Plains in Words.
August 8, 2007 With her recent novel, Gwendolen Gross has created two sympathetic people with diametrically opposed points of view, and given each their due. Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates recommends this thoughtful, multi-faceted look at what divides — and unites — mothers.
July 24, 2007 Keeping up with the Joneses isn't always easy — even if you are a fashion-conscious young woman with an Ivy-League degree, a strong sense of entitlement, and "an enviable golf handicap."
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