Bodice-Ripping Reading Special correspondent Susan Stamberg, known to NPR listeners for her keen artistic sensibility, shares her not-so-highbrow summer reading interests.
NPR logo Bodice-Ripping Reading

Bodice-Ripping Reading

Whether it's the indulgent hours or lighter genres, summer reading is characterized by its reverie. In My Summer Books, NPR hosts and reporters share their memories of summer reading and books. Today, special correspondent Susan Stamberg.

Do you have a favorite, relaxing place to read in the summer?

In summer or anytime, it's in an airplane on a good, long flight. No interruptions (except for bad food), no pressing business, no background noise, just the steady thrum of engines, and the chance to get lost in a story.

Is there a genre that is summer for you?

For the 14 years that I hosted All Things Considered, all my of reading was work-related, and it roved over every possible topic. So in summers, then, I would (I blush to admit) read junk: Danielle Steele, and varied and assorted bodice rippers. And although I've given up the habit of work-related-only reading during the rest of the year, I have clung fast to that particular summer tradition.

Is there on book waiting on your shelf for this summer?

Breaking my junk-only summer rule, this summer I'm planning to read The Green Lantern: A Romance of Stalinist Russia by Jerome Charyn. The novel is a finalist for the 2005 PEN/Faulkner fiction award. And more importantly for me, Jerry and I were high school classmates. He was the news editor and I the features editor of Overtone, the newspaper of the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan. He's written some 14 hilarious, zesty novels. Though he's not received much attention in the U.S., he is a literary darling in France. He will be my summer literary treat.