WBUR's Summer Reading List
These lazy days of summer are a perfect time to read, whether on the beach, on the back porch or on your lunch break. If you are turning the pages or flicking your index finger on a screen this summer, there are a lot of options. Luckily, we have a lot of suggestions.
-- On Point: Hot Summer Reads For 2011
Publisher’s Weekly’s Charlotte Abbott, the Houston Chronicle book editor Maggie Galehouse, Books on the Nightstand blogger Michael Kindness and Jamil Zaidi of Elliott Bay Book Company give their page-turning picks for this summer.
The medieval fantasy author behind HBO's "Game of Thrones," George R. R. Martin, is out with his fifth installment in his tale of kings and queens and flawed humanity.
“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” author Ann Brashares is back with more sisterhood. In her fifth installment in the series, “Sisterhood Everlasting,” the sisterhood grows up.
Werewolves, zombies and the old fantasies are pouring into new fiction this season. Glen Duncan's “The Last Werewolf" is one recommendation of the Wall Street Journal arts and culture reporter Alexandra Alter.
-- Radio Boston: Top Picks For The Summer
Escape With Some New England Summer Reading
From Robert B. Parker to Frank O'Connor, Radio Boston explores summer books by New England authors or about the region.
Boston-based psychologist Dr. Larry Cohen's and physician Dr. Anthony DeBenedet's book on the benefits of roughhousing make an ambitious argument in an age where parenting has moved from “safety first” to “safety only.”
“Season to Taste” is newcomer Molly Birnbaum’s memoir about her sensory loss and her quest to understand it — and to get her sense of smell back.
-- “Caleb’s Crossing”
Caleb Cheeshahteamauk was the second member of her tribe to receive an undergraduate degree from Harvard. The only other member of the Wampanoag Indians to graduate from Harvard graduated in 1665. He is the subject of Pulitzer Prize winning writer Geraldine Brooks’ new novel, “Caleb’s Crossing.”
-- Here & Now: Summer Reviews
--"The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting"
Each year, shoplifters cost American retailers about $12 billion. But what leads someone to shoplift– is it poverty, mental illness or the search for a thrill? In her new book, “The Steal,” author Rachel Shteir traces shoplifting through the ages.
Bruce Feiler's new book links the Arab Spring to the same sources of inspiration that drove the Puritans so many years ago, including the story of Moses.
-- Only A Game: Sporty Summer Reads
--"The Swinger: A Novel"
Tiger Woods has been under tremendous scrutiny ever since his sexual indiscretions were exposed in 2009. In their book, "The Swinger," authors Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck, both of Sports Illustrated, write of a fictional character that leads a life eerily similar to Tiger’s.
-- "Crazy Basketball: A Life In and Out of Bounds"
Charley Rosen’s basketball career was filled with 45 years of playing time, coaching positions and hilarious stories that cannot be matched. In his new book, "Crazy Basketball," Rosen shares the ups and downs of his wacky career.
-- "Gaming the Game: The Story Behind the NBA Betting Scandal and the Gambler Who Made It Happen"
Four years ago, Jimmy Batista and former NBA ref Tim Donaghy were convicted of illegal gambling and conspiracy. "Gaming the Game" looks into how the men who were involved in this scandal were able to fool an entire industry of owners, players and fans.
-- NPR's Summer Books 2011: The Complete List
Summer's Biggest, Juiciest Nonfiction Adventures
Three Critics Pick The Best Books For Summer
Crime Fiction Picks Serve Up Summertime Suspense
Mind-Bending Sci-Fi Books For A Fantastical Summer
This program aired on July 13, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.