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Three independent booksellers suggest summer books full of journeys, reunions and good food.

Indie Booksellers Target Summer's Best Reads

Three independent booksellers suggest summer books full of journeys, reunions and good food.

Critics Laura Miller, Ron Charles and Rigoberto Gonzalez recommend their favorite summer books.

Three Critics Pick The Best Books For Summer

Critics Laura Miller, Ron Charles and Rigoberto Gonzalez recommend their favorite summer books.

The librarian extraordinaire sorts through the books in her office and finds 10 captivating tales.

Nancy Pearl Presents 10 Terrific Summer Reads

The librarian extraordinaire sorts through the books in her office and finds 10 captivating tales.

These sci-fi picks offer satisfying, intellectually chewy pleasures perfect for a summer afternoon.

Mind-Bending Sci-Fi Books For A Fantastical Summer

These sci-fi picks offer satisfying, intellectually chewy pleasures perfect for a summer afternoon.

A good novel doesn't just transcend its target market — it knows nothing about target markets.

Hooray For YA: Teen Novels For Readers Of All Ages

A good novel doesn't just transcend its target market — it knows nothing about target markets.

Could one of these five sizzling new nonfiction books be the next Hollywood blockbuster?

Summer's Biggest, Juiciest Nonfiction Adventures

Could one of these five sizzling new nonfiction books be the next Hollywood blockbuster?

These detective novels offer cold-blooded twists and turns to help you beat the heat.

Crime Fiction Picks Serve Up Summertime Suspense

These detective novels offer cold-blooded twists and turns to help you beat the heat.

Immerse yourself in these satisfying summer reads: from "new" India to the streets of Brooklyn.

Dive Into Fiction: Five Picks From Alan Cheuse

Immerse yourself in these satisfying summer reads: from "new" India to the streets of Brooklyn.

Susan Jane Gilman recommends five books to indulge your urge for amazing food and adventure.

They Came, They Saw, They Cooked: 5 Food Memoirs

Susan Jane Gilman recommends five books to indulge your urge for amazing food and adventure.

Looking for a clever summer read to get you thinking? These engaging books are witty — and fun.

Heady, Not Heavy: 5 Smart, Playful Summer Books

Looking for a clever summer read to get you thinking? These engaging books are witty — and fun.

From religion to pornography, these brainy picks are sure to make for sizzling summer reads.

Insane Science: 5 New Books That Explain The Brain

From religion to pornography, these brainy picks are sure to make for sizzling summer reads.

Dan Kois picks five hilarious new books to lift you out of the summer swelter.

Laugh Yourself Cool: 5 Funny Books To Beat The Heat

Dan Kois picks five hilarious new books to lift you out of the summer swelter.

These standouts praise America's culinary traditions from coast to coast and everywhere in between.

Back To Basics: 2011's Simple, Summery Cookbooks

These standouts praise America's culinary traditions from coast to coast and everywhere in between.

After surveying the crop, we've picked summer releases that guarantee fun reading in the sun.

Books Preview: Spotting Summer's High Fliers

After surveying the crop, we've picked summer releases that guarantee fun reading in the sun.

These riveting books drag readers out of their armchairs and onto the field.

Game On! 5 Winning Summer Sports Books

These riveting books drag readers out of their armchairs and onto the field.

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Crime and the City

Jassy Mackenzie's Johannesburg crime novels star a law-breaking private investigator, Jade de Jong.

Hardcore With A Heart: Joburg Thrillers Star A Spunky P.I.

Jassy Mackenzie's Johannesburg crime novels star a law-breaking private investigator, Jade de Jong.

Tarquin Hall's mystery novels star Punjabi detective Vish Puri, "India's most private investigator."

Mystery Series' Portly P.I. Peels Back The Layers Of Delhi Society

Tarquin Hall's mystery novels star Punjabi detective Vish Puri, "India's most private investigator."

In Ben Winters' mysteries, the earth braces for an asteroid as a New Hampshire cop fights for order.

Awaiting The Apocalypse In The Quiet Town Of Concord

In Ben Winters' mysteries, the earth braces for an asteroid as a New Hampshire cop fights for order.

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Cookbooks & Recipes

Chris Kimball, host of <em>America's Test Kitchen,</em> shares recipes for his favorite summer desserts.

Seasonal Dessert Recipes To Sweeten Your Summer

Chris Kimball, host of America's Test Kitchen, shares recipes for his favorite summer desserts.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunup to sundown — so the nighttime meals <em>have</em> to be good.

A Month Of 'Fast' Food: Recipes For Ramadan

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunup to sundown — so the nighttime meals have to be good.

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Books We Like

Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov writes short, surrealistic stories full of dark comedic surprises.

'Death And The Penguin' Captures Post-Soviet Reality

Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov writes short, surrealistic stories full of dark comedic surprises.

Mystery writer P.D. James, now 91, has written a suspenseful sequel to Jane Austen's classic.

'Pride And Prejudice' Meets 'Clue' At 'Pemberley'

Mystery writer P.D. James, now 91, has written a suspenseful sequel to Jane Austen's classic.

Not long after Chilean novelist Roberto Bolano died, his heirs found an unpublished manuscript.

Brutal And Perfect 'Third Reich': Bolano's Final Gift

Not long after Chilean novelist Roberto Bolano died, his heirs found an unpublished manuscript.

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Summer Blend Book Club

Susan Straight's novel <em>Take One Candle Light A Room</em> highlights race and the power of family.

Walking Away From A Mixed Race Family?

Susan Straight's novel Take One Candle Light A Room highlights race and the power of family.

Mat Johnson's <em>Pym</em> is a modern-day sequel to Edgar Allan Poe's only novel.

Searching For Black Utopia ... In Antarctica

Mat Johnson's Pym is a modern-day sequel to Edgar Allan Poe's only novel.

Sarah  Jamila Stevenson's debut novel explores what it's like to be a teenage "human latte."

Multiracial Teens Launch A 'Latte Rebellion'

Sarah Jamila Stevenson's debut novel explores what it's like to be a teenage "human latte."

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Last Year's Summer Books

Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations for books to look forward to during long summer days.

Booksellers' Picks: 15 Soaring Summer Reads

Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations for books to look forward to during long summer days.

Nancy Pearl has scoured the shelves for hidden treasures and shares titles you may have missed.

Librarian Nancy Pearl Picks 'Under The Radar' Reads

Nancy Pearl has scoured the shelves for hidden treasures and shares titles you may have missed.

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