A Summer Book List

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What are you reading this summer? These are some recommendations from Emily Rooney's panel — including your input.

 

JOCELYN KELLEY’S PICKS

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FICTION
  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  • The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
  • Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
  • Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
  • The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier

NON-FICTION
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • The Mansion of Happiness by Jill Lepore
  • Quiet by Susan Cain
  • Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  GUILTY PLEASURE: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
 
YOUNG ADULT: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 


ELIN HILDERBRAND’S PICKS
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FICTION
  • This Bright River by Patrick Somerville — This I have not actually read but I'm dying to read.
  • Arcadia by Lauren Groff
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

NON-FICTION
  • Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
  • Island Practice by Pam Belluck
  • Townie by Andre Dubus III
  • Mrs. Nixon by Ann Beattie — Technically this is fiction, but if anyone's read it, it sort of defies category.

 
GUILTY PLEASURE
Lulu Powers Food to Flowers: Simple, Stylish Food for Easy Entertaining
 
YOUNG ADULT
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

 
OTHER GUESTS' PICKS
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Steve Almond picked Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

Donna Eden Cohen recommended Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry.
 
Kathryn Flynn says The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is a great non-self-help book for people who want to take better care of themselves.

She also picked The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents.

Casey Sherman suggested both James Bradley's The Imperial Cruise and The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva.


YOUR PICKS
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Margaret Howell, via Twitter
Drift by Rachel Maddow 
 
Elisabeth, Arlington
Birth 2012 and Beyond by Barbara Marx Hubbard

Tom, Lynn
Was by Geoff Ryman

Louis, Swansea
Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

Peter, Yarmouth
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
 
Lauren, Newton
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 
 
Pete, Marlborough
The Vegas Knockout by Tom Schreck
 
Emma
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
 
Eric, Boston
Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross
 
Warren, Lowell
The Brass Bonanza Plays Again by Robert Muldoon

Nancy, Leicester
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje

Eileen, Arlington
The Temporary Detective by Joanne Sidney Lessner

Donna, Marion
Louis D. Brandeis: A Biography by Melvin Urofsky

Mark, Arlington
In the Blue Light of African Dreams by Paul Watkins

 

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