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.
The NPR audience cast more than 17,000 ballots in our Killer Thrillers poll. The winning novels are a diverse mix, ranging in style and period from Dracula to The Da Vinci Code. All are fast-moving tales of suspense and adventure.
Just what is a summer book, anyway? Does it have to be a big, fat, juicy page turner to earn the right to be packed away in the luggage (or downloaded on the e-reader)? We put that question to several book reviewers to find out what they like to take along on summer getaways.