Summer Book Recommendations 2008

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Recommended Books

Recommended by Nancy Pearl
(Carry-On Books to Take You Up, Up and Away)

The Arrival, by Shaun Tan, Young Adult, hardcover, 128 pages, List Price: $19.99

Bangkok 8, by John Burdett, Vintage, paperback, 336 pages, List Price: $13.95

Chester, by Mélanie Watt, Kids Can Press, hardcover, 34 pages, List Price: $16.95

The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, by Don Robertson, HarperCollins, paperback, 224 pages, List Price: $12.95

An Infamous Army, by Georgette Heyer, Sourcebooks Landmark, paperback, 512 pages, List Price: $14.95

Metzger's Dog, by Thomas Perry, Random House Trade Paperbacks, paperback, 336 pages, List Price: $13.95

Sunshine, by Robin McKinley, Jove, paperback, 416 pages, List Price: $7.99

The Thin Place, by Kathryn Davis, Back Bay Books, paperback, 304 pages, List Price: $13.99

Too Close to the Sun, by Sara Wheeler, Random House, hardcover, 320 pages, List Price: $27.95

Recommended by booksellers to Susan Stamberg
(Booksellers' Selections for Summer Afternoons)

America America, by Ethan Canin, Random House, hardcover, 480 pages, List Price: $27.00

City of Thieves, by David Benioff, Viking Adult, hardcover, 272 pages List Price: $24.95

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Dial Press, hardcover, 288 pages, List Price: $22.00

The Legal Limit, by Martin Clark, Knopf, hardcover, 368 pages, List Price: $24.95

Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, Vendela Vida, paperback, 256 pages, List Price: $13.95

My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekov to Munro, edited by Jeffrey Eugenides, Harper, hardcover, 608 pages, List Price: $24.95

Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan, Algonquin Books, hardcover, 336 pages, List Price: $22.95

Now You See Him, by Eli Gottlieb, William Morrow, hardcover, 272 pages List Price: $22.95

The Prince of FrogTown, by Rick Bragg, Knopf, hardcover, 272 pages, List Price: $24.00

The Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry, Viking Adult, hardcover, 304 pages, List Price: $24.95

The Story of a Marriage, Andrew Sean Greer, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover, 208 pages, List Price: $22.00

Today: 101 Ghazals, by Suzanne Gardinier, Sheep Meadow, paperback, 193 pages, List Price: $13.95

Trauma, by Patrick McGrath, Knopf, hardcover, 224 pages List Price: $24.95

Wrack & Ruin, by Don Lee, W.W. Norton, hardcover, 336 pages, List Price: $23.95

What Happened to Anna K., by Irina Reyn, Touchstone, hardcover, 256 pages, List Price: $24.00

Recommended fiction by Maureen Corrigan
(Fiction Picks for Your Mental Getaway)

Exiles, by Ron Hansen, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover, 240 pages, List Price: $23.00

The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread by Don Robertson, HarperCollins, paperback, 224 pages, $12.95

Lady of the Snakes, by Rachel Pastan, Harcourt, hardcover, 320 pages, List Price: $24.00

The People on Privilege Hill, by Jane Gardam, Europa Editions, paperback, 256 pages, List Price: $15.95

The Sister, by Poppy Adams, Knopf, hardcover, 288 pages, List Price: $23.95

Recommended nonfiction by Maureen Corrigan
(Better than Sliced Bread: Summer's Best Nonfiction)

The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw, FSG, hardcover, 224 pages, List Price: $23.00

Inventing Niagara by Ginger Strand, FSG, hardcover, 352 pages, List Price: $25.00

Minders of Make-Believe by Leonard S. Marcus, Houghton Mifflin, hardcover, 416 pages, List Price: $28.00

Recommended first books by Rick Kleffel
(Nine First Books that Make a Lasting Impression)

The Boat, by Nam Le, Knopf, hardcover, 288 pages, List Price: $22.95

A Cure for Night, by Justin Peacock, Doubleday, hardcover, 352 pages, List Price: $24.95

Freddie & Me, by Mike Dawson, Bloomsbury USA, paperback, 304 pages, List Price: $19.99

The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, by Galen M. Beckett, Spectra, hardcover, 512 pages, List Price: $23.00

One More Year, by Sana Krasikov, Spiegel and Grau, hardcover, 240 pages, List Price: $21.95

The Other, by Thomas Tryon, Millipede Press, hardcover, 290 pages, List Price: $95.00

Petite Anglaise, by Catherine Sanderson, Spiegel and Grau, hardcover, 304 pages, List Price: $24.95

Pretty Is What Changes, by Jessica Queller, Spiegel and Grau, hardcover, 256 pages, List Price: $24.95

The Wolfman, by Nicholas Pekearo, Tor Books, hardcover, 288 pages, List Price: $23.95

Recommended summer cookbooks by T Susan Chang
(The 10 Best Cookbooks for Summer)

Blue Eggs & Yellow Tomatoes, by Jeanne Kelley, Running Press, hardcover, 352 pages, List Price: $35.00

Fish Without a Doubt, by Rick Moonen and Roy Finamore, Houghton Mifflin, hardcover, 448 pages, List Price: $35.00

Gelato!, by Pamela Sheldon-Johns, 10 Speed Press, paperback, 111 pages, List Price: $14.95

Grill It!, by John Willoughby and Chris Schlesinger, hardcover, 352 pages, List Price: $25.00

Mediterranean Fresh, by Joyce Goldstein, W.W. Norton, hardcover, 320 pages, List Price: $30.00

Raising the Salad Bar, by Catherine Walthers, Lake Isle Press, paperback, 272 pages, List Price $19.95

101 Sangrias & Pitcher Drinks, by Kim Haasarud, Wiley, hardcover, 128 pages, List Price: $16.95

Screen Doors & Sweet Tea, by Martha Hall Foose, Clarkson Potter, hardcover, 256 pages, List Price: $32.50

Simply Organic, by Jesse Ziff Cool, Chronicle Books, paperback, 248 pages, List Price: $24.95

Summer Gatherings, by Rick Rodgers, William Morrow, hardcover, 176 pages, List Price: $17.95

Recommended by Alan Cheuse
(Summer Books to Feed Your Literary Addiction)

America America, by Ethan Canin, Random House, hardcover, 480 pages, List Price: $27.00

Armageddon in Retrospect, by Kurt Vonnegut, Putnam Adult, hardcover, 240 pages, List Price: $24.95

The Boat, by Nam Le, Knopf, hardcover, 288 pages, List Price: $22.95

Havanas in Camelot, by William Styron, Random House, hardcover, 176 pages, List Price: $23.00

The Invention Of Everything Else, by Samantha Hunt, Houghton Mifflin, hardcover, 272 pages, List Price: $24.00

Language for a New Century, edited by Tina Chang, Ravi Shankar and Nathalie Handal, W. W. Norton, paperback, 560 pages, $27.95

Light Years: A Girlhood in Hawai'i, by Susanna Moore, Grove Atlantic, hardcover, 208 pages, List Price; $19.95

The Messiah, by Marek Halter, The Toby Press, hardcover, 350 pages, List Price: $24.95

Say You're One of Them, by Uwem Akpan, Little, Brown and Company, hardcover, 368 pages, List Price: $23.99

Shadow Country, by Peter Matthiessen, Modern Library, hardcover, 912 pages, List Price: $40.00

A Summer of Hummingbirds, by Christopher Benfey, The Penguin Press, HC, hardcover, 304 pages, List Price: $25.95

Walking the Wrack Line, by Barbara Hurd, University of Georgia Press, hardcover, 160 pages, List Price: $22.95

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