Listener Picks: Summer Reads

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Summer in the Bay Area may not always provide great beach weather, but that's no reason we can't indulge in that vacation-time tradition of the beach read. We check in with local bookstores about what the summer's big literary hits are and we'll open the phones to hear from you -- what fiction or nonfiction do you recommend for a summer read?

Guests

  • Sheryl Cotleur, buyer, Copperfield's Book's
  • Christin Evans, owner, Booksmith in San Francisco; buyer, Kepler's Books
  • Joe Christiano, buyer, Pegasus Books

Books Recommended on Air

Books are grouped according to Fiction/Non-Fiction and are listed alphabetically.

Fiction

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 2015

Another Fine Myth by Robert Lynne Asprin

Away by Amy Bloom

Historical fiction

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo

Spiritual fiction

Demetrius: Machine Stops by E.M. Forster

A science fiction novel published in 1909 that predicted many of today's technologies. The full text is available on the internet because copyright laws no longer apply.

Earthquake Storms by John Dvorak

A scientific history of the slow discovery of the St. Andreas Fault

The Fall of the House of Dixie by Bruce Levine

A big-picture, easy to understand look of the causes of the Civil War

Fat City by Leonard Gardner

Recommended by Joe Christiano of Pegasus Books

A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie

Recommended by Sheryl Cotleur of Copperfield's Books

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Mead

Young adult fiction that touches on technology and bullying.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Historical fiction

Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi

Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart

Recommended by Sheryl Cotleur of Copperfield's Books

The Magic Journey by John Nichols

A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

Fantasy meets the crime novel in another novel in The Discman series.

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

Comic novel

The Pittsburgh Cycle by August Wilson

Ten plays that speak to each other; one play for each century in America; Recommended by Joe Christiano of Pegasus Books

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley

A young adult fiction book

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley

A young adult fiction book

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

Recommended by Christin Evans of Booksmith in San Francisco and Kepler's in Menlo Park

Weather to Fly: A Novel in Stories by Christopher LeGras

Non-Fiction

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Mathew Desmond

Recommended by Christin Evans Booksmith in San Francisco and Kepler’s in Menlo Park

Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein by Peggy Orenstein

Recommended by Christin Evans of Booksmith in San Francisco and Kepler's in Menlo Park

Listen to the Forum interview here.

Love that Boy by Ron Fournier

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Recommended by Christin Evans of Booksmith in San Francisco and Kepler's in Menlo Park: "an important book at this moment."

Notes from the Playground by Greg John

A school principal shares his observations on playground experience and how they shape who we become.

Once Were Cannibals by John N. Tunui

Season of the Witch by David Talbot

Listen to the Forum interview here.

The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

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