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The Books of Summer 2003
Critics, Writers and Readers List Their Favorites

Summertime, and the reading is easy. So is finding the right book, thanks to recommendations from NPR critics, writers, listeners and member stations.

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There's a tendency for writers to romanticize childhood. Well, Joshua Furst resists that in his stories told in the voices of different children who are struggling with the more awkward parts of growing up. Mr. Furst makes his fiction debut with a book called Short People. Hear Furst talk about his novel with WNYC's Leonard Lopate.

more icon Books for Kids
From All Things Considered, July 18
There are loads of new children's books out this summer, but how to pick which ones your kids should read? All Things Considered host Michele Norris talks with writers about what makes a good book. Plus, hear authors read from their new books, and get a list of recommendations.

more icon Educational Book Club for Children
From The Tavis Smiley Show, July 7
A new summer-vacation book club that focuses on African-American history and culture seeks to establish the educational bond between parent and child. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with author and commentator Janus Adams about the new club she has created. Adams is the publisher of BackPax multicultural children's titles.

more icon Weekend Edition Sunday Summer Reading 2003
From Weekend Edition Sunday, August 17
Weekend Edition Sunday is once again asking noteworthy readers what's on their summertime lists. This week, paleontologist Paul Sereno shares some recommendations.

audio icon Summer Books 2003: Biographies
From Talk of the Nation
How do you capture the essence of another person -- their foibles and fears, their motivations, their weaknesses -- in the written word? NPR's Lynn Neary explores the art of writing a good biography. See guests' recommended biographies and listeners' suggestions.

audio icon Books for the Beach
From Morning Edition
Wondering what to read this summer? NPR's Susan Stamberg talks to independent booksellers across the country to find out their recommendations. We have the full list.

more icon Alan Cheuse's Picks for All Things Considered
From All Things Considered, June 26
Book reviewer Alan Cheuse -- also a published author and creative writing professor at George Mason University in Virginia -- presents a mix of new editions of old classics and exciting new works by fresh authors.

more icon 'Light' Reading List from Talk of the Nation
From Talk of the Nation, June 23
Some people might lug Tolstoy or Dickens along on their vacation, but many of us long for a good page-turner -- a rip-roaring space opera or a dark, convoluted mystery. View a list of guest and listener recommendations for some literary escapes, and some guilty pleasures, for the lazy days of summer.

more icon Children's Summer 2003 Reading List
From Talk of the Nation, June 9
The new Harry Potter book is sure to be the hands down favorite, but kids need more than the latest from Hogwarts to keep them turning pages this summer. Host Neal Conan and guests discuss the hot titles in children's books this season. View a list of suggested books.

more icon Talk of the Nation Summer Reading List
From Talk of the Nation, May 26
NPR's Neal Conan hosts Talk of the Nation's annual discussion of the best summer reading. His guests include David Kipen, book critic for The San Francisco Chronicle; Laura Miller, senior book editor for and Gail Caldwell, chief book critic for The Boston Globe. And listeners share their favorites.

audio icon Recommendations from NPR Personalities
Susan StambergScoop, NPR's programming guide, asks some familiar NPR voices about their summer reading choices. See suggestions from Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg, Michele Norris, Liane Hansen and Fred Child.


Summer Books 2003