Summer Book Recommendations 2007

Below you can find the complete list of recommended reading for Summer 2007. To print this list, choose the "Print Page" icon in the upper righthand corner. Click on the titles to read an excerpt from the book.

Recommended by Karen Grigsby Bates

American Legacy: The Story of John and Caroline Kennedy, by C. David Heymann, Atria, hardcover, 593 pages, List Price: $27.95

The Diana Chronicles, by Tina Brown, Doubleday, hardcover, 560 pages, List Price: $27.50

Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, by Nancy Isenberg, Viking Adult, hardcover, 544 pages, List Price: $29.95

Free Food for Millionaires, by Min Jin Lee, Grand Central Publishing, hardcover, 576 pages, List Price: $24.99

The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, by Julia Flynn Siler, Gotham, hardcover, 432 pages, List Price: $28.00

Killer Weekend, by Ridley Pearson, Putnam Adult, hardcover, 336 pages, List Price: $24.95

Ralph Ellison: A Biography, by Arnold Rampersad, Knopf, hardcover, 672 pages, List Price: $35.00

The Other Mother, by Gwendolen Gross, Shaye Areheart Books, hardcover, 320 pages, List Price: $23.00

Practically Perfect in Every Way, by Jennifer Niesslein, Putnam Adult, hardcover, 352 pages, List Price: $24.95

Take This Bread, by Sara Miles, Ballantine Books, hardcover, 304 pages, List Price: $24.95

Tin Roof Blowdown, by James Lee Burke, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, 384 pages, List Price: $26.00

Recommended by Maureen Corrigan

Warm Springs, by Susan Richards Shreve, Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 224 pages, List Price: $24.00

Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam Farm, by Jon Katz, Villard, Hardcover, 288 pages, List Price: $23.95

The Perfect Summer, by Juliet Nicolson, Grove Press, Hardcover, 304 pages, List Price: $25.00

Recommended by Nancy Pearl

After, by Jane Hirshfield, Harper Perennial, Paperback, 112 pages, List Price: $14.95

Dingley Falls, by Michael Malone, Sourcebooks, Paperback, 640 pages, List Price: $15.00

Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations, by Georgina Howell, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hardcover, 481 pages, List Price: $27.50

The Grand Complication, by Allen Kurzweil, Hyperion, Paperback, 368 pages

In the Woods, by Tana French, Viking Adult, Hardcover, 448 pages, List Price: $24.95

Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris, Little, Brown and Company, Hardcover, 400 pages, List Price: $23.99

The Unknown Terrorist, by Richard Flanagan, Grove Press, Hardcover, 336 pages, List Price: $24.00

Recommended by Nancy Pearl for Young Readers

Each Little Bird That Sings, by Deborah Wiles, Harcourt Paperbacks, Paperback, 276 pages, List Price: $5.95

Feed, by M.T. Anderson, Candlewick, Paperback, 320 pages, List Price: $7.99

Millicent Min, Girl Genius, by Lisa Yee, Arthur A. Levine Books, Paperback, 272 pages, List Price: $16.95

Ragweed, by Avi, Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 224 pages

Stormbreaker, by Anthony Horowitz, Puffin, Paperback, 256 pages, List Price: $7.99

Tanglewreck, by Jeanette Winterson, Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, Paperback, 416 pages, List Price: $6.95

The Teacher's Funeral, by Richard Peck, Puffin, Paperback, 224 pages, List Price: $6.99

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis, HarperTrophy, Paperback, 256 pages, List Price: $8.99

Wemberly Worried, by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow, Hardcover, 32 pages, List Price: $16.99

Recommended by St. John Flynn, Host of GPB's Cover to Cover

Days of the Endless Corvette, by Man Martin, Carroll & Graf, Paperback, 336 pages, List Price: $14.95

Between The Tides, by Patti Callahan Henry, NAL Trade, Paperback, 352 pages, List Price: $14.00

Down Town, by Ferrol Sams, Mercer University Press, Hardcover, 309 pages, List Price: $25.00

Recommended by Stacy Clopton Yates, Host of HPPR's The High Plains in Words

The God of Animals, by Aryn Kyle, Scribner, Hardcover, 320 pages, List Price: $25.00

Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream, by Sam Quinones, University of New Mexico Press, Hardcover, 326 pages, List Price: $24.95

Italian POWs and a Texas Church, by Donald Mace Williams, Texas Tech University Press, Paperback, 168 pages, List Price: $19.95

Stormy Weather, by Paulette Jiles, William Morrow, Hardcover, 352 pages, List Price: $24.95

Recommended by Bill Jaker, Host of WSKG's Off the Page

Evolution for Everyone, by David Sloan Wilson, Delacorte Press, Hardcover, 400 pages, List Price: $24.00

Later, at the Bar, by Rebecca Barry, Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 240 pages, List Price: $22.00

Alysa of the Fields, by Tina Field Howe, Booklocker.com, Inc., Paperback, 320 pages, List Price: $16.95

Recommended by Booksellers to Susan Stamberg

Anagrams, by Lorrie Moore, Vintage, Reprint edition, Paperback, 240 pages, List Price: $13.95

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, and Steven L. Hopp, HarperCollins, Hardcover, 384 pages, List Price: $26.95

At Large and At Small, by Anne Fadiman, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hardcover, 240 pages, List Price: $22.00

Bangkok Haunts, by John Burdett, Knopf, Hardcover, 320 pages, List Price: $24.95

Devotion, by Howard Norman, Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 208 pages, List Price: $24.00

Divisadero, by Michael Ondaatje, Knopf, Hardcover, 288 pages, List Price: $25.00

Finn, by Jon Clinch, Random House, Hardcover, 304 pages, List Price: $23.95

Five Skies: A Novel, by Ron Carlson, Viking Adult, Hardcover, 256 pages, List Price: $23.95

In Patagonia, by Bruce Chatwin, Penguin Classics, Paperback, 240 pages, List Price: $15.00

Knots, by Nuruddin Farah, Riverhead Hardcover, Hardcover, 432 pages, List Price: $25.95

On Chesil Beach: A Novel, by Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese/Random House, Hardcover, 208 pages, List Price: $22.00

Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman, Pantheon, Hardcover, 288 pages, List Price: $22.95

The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler, Ballantine Books, Paperback, 352 pages, List Price: $14.95

The Children's Hospital, by Chris Adrian, McSweeney's Books, Hardcover, 480 pages, List Price: $24.00

The Dud Avocado, by Elaine Dundy, NYRB Classics, Paperback, 272 pages, List Price $14.95

Recommended by Alan Cheuse

Best American Fantasy, by Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer, Prime Books, Paperback, 396 pages, List Price: $14.95

Farewell Summer: A Novel, by Ray Bradbury, Prime Books, Hardcover, 224 pages, List Price: $24.95

Five Skies, by Ron Carlson, Viking Adult, Hardcover, 256 pages, List Price: $23.95

Selected Shorts: Travel Tales, Three CDs, Symphony Space, List Price: $28.00

Tales of Chekhov, by Anton Chekhov, Translated by Constance Garnett, Ecco, Paperback, Box Set, List Price: $150.00

The Maytrees: A Novel, by Annie Dillard, HarperCollins, Hardcover, 224 pages, List Price: $24.95

The Pushcart Book of Poetry, edited by Joan Murray, Pushcart Press, Hardcover, 275 pages, List Price: $29.95

The Story of the Cannibal Woman: A Novel, by Maryse Conde, Translated by Richard Philcox, Atria, Hardcover, 320 pages, List price: $24.00

The Sunlight Dialogues, by John Gardner, New Directions; New Edition, Paperback, 736 pages, List Price: $17.05

Recommended by Glen Weldon

Children of Hurin, by J. R. R. Tolkien, Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 320 pages, List Price: $26.00

Jamestown: A Novel, by Matthew Sharpe, Soft Skull Press, Hardcover, 320 pages, List Price: $25.00

Mouse Guard Volume One: Fall 1152, by David Petersen, Archaia Studio Press, Hardcover, 192 pages, List Price: $24.05

No One Belongs Here More Than You, by Miranda July, Scribner, Hardcover, 224 pages, List Price: $23.00

Perfect From Now On: How Indie Rock Music Saved My Life, by John Sellers, Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 224 pages, List Price: $23.00

Phonogram: Rue Britannia, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie Mckelvie, Image Comics, Paperback,152 pages, List Price: $14.99

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, Vol. 1., by Bryan Lee O'Malley, Oni Press, Paperback, 168 pages, List Price: $11.95

Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (and Hate to Love) About TV, by Tara Ariano and Sarah D. Bunting, Quirk Books, Paperback, 320 pages, List Price: $15.05

The Plain Janes, by Cecil Castellucci, Illustrated by Jim Rugg, Minx , Paperback, 176 pages, List Price: $9.99

The Show I'll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concertgoing Experience, edited by Sean Manning, Paperback, 359 pages, List Price: $16.95

Tin House: Evil, by Francine Prose, Nick Flynn, Chris Adrian, Josip Novakovich, Tin House, Paperback, 224 pages, List Price: $12.95

Userlands: New Fiction Writers from the Blogging Underground, edited by Dennis Cooper, Akashic Books, Paperback, 362 pages, List Price: $16.95

Book Tour Recommendations

Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America, by Cullen Murphy, Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 272 pages, List Price: $24.00

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance, by Atul Gawande, Metropolitan Books, Hardcover, 288 pages, List Price: $24.00

Circling My Mother, by Mary Gordon, Pantheon, Hardcover, 272 pages, List Price: $24.00

Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 704 pages, List Price: $32.00

Free Food for Millionaires, by Min Jin Lee, Grand Central Publishing, Hardcover, 576 pages, List Price: $24.99

The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai, Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 336 pages, List Price: $24.00

Jamestown, by Matthew Sharpe, Soft Skull Press, Hardcover, 320 pages, List Price: $25.00

New England White, by Stephen L. Carter, Knopf, Hardcover, 555 pages, List Price: $26.95

The Real All Americans, Sally Jenkins, Doubleday, Hardcover, 352 pages, List Price: $24.95

Terrorist, by John Updike, Ballantine Books, Paperback, 320 pages, List Price: $14.95

You Don't Love Me Yet, by Jonathan Lethem, Doubleday, Hardcover, 240 pages, List Price: $24.95

The Zen of Fish, by Trevor Corson, HarperCollins, Hardcover, 384 pages, List Price: $24.95

You Must Read This

Consider the Oyster, by M. F. K. Fisher, North Point Press, Paperback, 96 pages, List Price: $11.00

The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin, Vintage, paperback, 106 pages, List Price: $10.95

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, by Giorgio Bassani, Everyman's Library, Hardcover, 280 pages, List Price: $23.00

Jesus' Son, by Denis Johnson, Harper Perennial, Paperback, 192 pages, List Price: $12.00

The Loser: A Novel, by Thomas Bernhard, Vintage, Paperback, 208 pages, List Price: $12.95

The Member of the Wedding, by Carson McCullers, Mariner Books, Paperback, 176 pages, List Price: $7.95

Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville, Penguin Classics, Paperback, 720 pages, List Price: $13.00

The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure, by Jack Pendarvis, MacAdam Cage, Paperback, 183 pages, List Price: $13.00

Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates, Vintage, Paperback, 368 pages, List Price: $14.95

That Night, by Alice McDermott, Dial Press Trade, Paperback, 192 pages, List Price: $14.00

View with a Grain of Sand, by Wislawa Szymborska, Faber and Faber, Paperback, 224 pages, List Price: $18.60

The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins, Bantam Classics, Paperback, 720 pages, List Price: $8.00

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, by Maxine Hong Kingston, Vintage, Paperback, 224 pages, List Price: $12.95

Food Memoirs Recommended by Ruth Reichl

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, and Steven L. Hopp, HarperCollins, Hardcover, 384 pages, List Price: $26.95

The Kitchen Diaries, by Nigel Slater, Gotham, Hardcover, 416 pages, List Price: $40.00

The Gastronomical Me, by M. F. K. Fisher, North Point Press, Paperback, 276 pages, List Price: $15.00

The Last Chinese Chef, by Nicole Mones, Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 288 pages, List Price: $24.00

Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany, by Bill Buford, Vintage, Paperback, 336 pages, List Price: $14.95

Cookbooks Recommended by T. Susan Chang

5 Spices, 50 Dishes: Simple Indian Recipes Using Five Common Spices, by Ruta Kahate, Chronicle Books, paperback, 132 pages, List Price: $19.95

Lobel's Prime Time Grilling: Recipes and Tips from America's #1 Butchers, by Stanley, Leon, Evan, Mark and David Lobel, Wiley; 2nd Edition, hardcover, 290 pages, List Price: $27.95

Mastering the Grill: The Owner's Manual for Outdoor Cooking, by Andrew Schloss and David Joachim, Chronicle Books, paperback, 416 pages, List Price: $24.95

Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments, by David Lebovitz, Ten Speed Press, hardcover, 246 pages, List Price: $24.95

The Backyard Bartender: 55 Cool Summer Cocktails, by Nicole Aloni, Clarkson Potter, hardcover, 112 pages, List Price: $16.95

The New York Times Country Weekend Cookbook, edited by Linda Amster, St. Martin's Press, hardcover, 288 pages, List Price: $32.00

The Summer Shack Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Shore Food, by Jasper White, W. W. Norton hardcover, 512 pages, List Price: $35.00

The Young Man and the Sea: Recipes and Crispy Fish Tales from Esca, by David Pasternack & Ed Levine, Artisan hardcover, 272 pages, List Price: $35.00

Vegetable Harvest: Vegetables at the Center of the Plate, by Patricia Wells, Morrow Cookbooks, hardcover, 336 pages, List Price: $34.95

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