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Summer Reading

Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer are around the corner, which makes now the perfect time to compile your summer reading list. Whether you're eagerly awaiting new novels from favorite authors, looking for something entirely new or want to explore history through a biography, we've got a roundup of page-turners to see you through the season.

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2013 Summer Book Recommendations

Novels, biographies and thrillers you'll want to pack for your next vacation, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Barbara Hoffert's Picks

Image of Submergence
by J. M. Ledgard
Coffee House Press

Image of We Need New Names: A Novel
by NoViolet Bulawayo
Reagan Arthur Books

Image of Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Knopf

Image of And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini
Riverhead Hardcover

Image of The Blind Man's Garden
by Nadeem Aslam
Knopf

Image of The Illusion of Separateness: A Novel
by Simon Van Booy
Harper

Image of The Retrospective
by A. B. Yehoshua
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Image of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel
by Anton DiSclafani
Riverhead Hardcover

Image of The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel
by Helene Wecker
Harper

Image of Crazy Rich Asians
by Kevin Kwan
Doubleday

Image of The Madonna on the Moon
by Rolf Bauerdick
Knopf

Image of The Curiosity: A Novel
by Stephen Kiernan
William Morrow

Image of Necessary Errors: A Novel
by Caleb Crain
Penguin Books

Image of The Blood of Heaven
by Kent Wascom
Grove Press

Image of Red Doc>
by Anne Carson
Knopf

Image of Senegal Taxi (Camino del Sol)
by Juan Felipe Herrera
University of Arizona Press

Image of Silverchest: Poems
by Carl Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Image of Elegy Owed
by Bob Hicok
Copper Canyon Press

Eileen McGervey's Picks

Image of And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini
Riverhead Hardcover

Image of The Illusion of Separateness: A Novel
by Simon Van Booy
Harper

Image of The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
by Neil Gaiman
William Morrow

Image of Lexicon
by Max Barry
Penguin Press HC, The

Image of NOS4A2: A Novel
by Joe Hill
William Morrow

Image of The Outsider: A Memoir
by Jimmy Connors
Harper

Image of Call Me Zelda
by Erika Robuck
NAL Trade

Image of The End of Your Life Book Club
by Will Schwalbe
Large Print Press

Image of Flight Behavior: A Novel (P.S.)
by Barbara Kingsolver
Harper Perennial

John Wilwol's Picks

Image of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
by Mary Roach
W. W. Norton & Company

Image of Point Your Face at This: Drawings
by Demetri Martin
Grand Central Publishing

Image of The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories
by Simon Rich
Reagan Arthur Books

Image of Bolivar: American Liberator
by Marie Arana
Simon & Schuster

Image of The Marseille Caper
by Peter Mayle
Knopf

Image of Artful
by Ali Smith
Penguin Press HC, The

Image of My Beloved World
by Sonia Sotomayor
Knopf

Image of The Woman Upstairs
by Claire Messud
Knopf

Image of The Flamethrowers: A Novel
by Rachel Kushner
Scribner

E. Ethelbert Miller's Picks

Image of Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game
by John Sexton, Thomas Oliphant, Peter J. Schwartz
Gotham

Image of Claire of the Sea Light
by Edwidge Danticat
Knopf

Image of Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers
by Frank X Walker
University of Georgia Press

Image of Hemming the Water
by Yona Harvey
Four Way

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