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Books to Call in Sick For: Full List

Find the full list of Nancy Pearl's summer reading recommendations for Morning Edition. To print, choose the "print page" icon at upper right.

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  • The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. Pantheon, 2006.
  • The Little Friend by Donna Tartt. Vintage, 2002.
  • The Girls by Lori Lansens. Little, Brown, 2006.
  • Citizen Vince by Jess Walter. Regan Books, 2005.
  • Oblivion by Peter Abrahams. William Morrow, 2005.


  • A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons by Robert Sapolsky. Scribner, 2001.
  • To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World by Arthur Herman. HarperCollins, 2004.

Young Adult

  • The Witch's Boy by Michael Gruber. HarperTempest, 2005.