Listener Book Suggestions: Summer Edition

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Summer is here and with it our annual summer book show, where you, our well-read listeners, share recommendations for reads that are beach or vacation worthy. Tell us, what's the latest thriller you couldn't put down or novel that captured your imagination. Call or email with your pick for a favorite beach book or one that you can't wait to read.

Suggestions from Listeners

Listed Alphabetically by Title

Titles with an * link to a Forum Interview

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Kevin Hunsanger, co-owner, Green Apple Books

Luisa Smith, head buyer at Corte Madera's Book Passage

Luan Stauss, owner, Laurel Books


Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Bettyville by George Hodgman

The Blood of the Lamb by Peter De Vries. Recommended by Michael Krasny

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Broken Treaty: The True Story of a Father's Recovery of His Missing Son from Southern Mexico by Steven Fenton

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

California: A History Kevin Starr

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Curtain: Poirot's Last Case by Agatha Christie

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty: A Novel by Vendala Vida. Recommended by Michael Krasny*

Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Area Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist

Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell

A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe

The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford

A History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

It by Alexa Chung

It's What I Do: A Photographers Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario*

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth by John Hubner

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

A Long, Long Way by Sebastian Barry

Lovers at the Chameleon Club by Francine Prose

Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald by Judyth Vary Baker

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

books by Milan Kundera Recommended by Michael Krasny

Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonand by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan. Recommended by Michael Krasny

My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews

The Paper Moon by Joe David Brown

Pidgeon English by Stephen Kelman

The Road Presents Itself by T. Phillips Holland

The Road to Character by David Brooks*

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown. Recommended by Michael Krasny

The Sage Carrington series by Justin Scott Parr

The Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Simple Dreams by Linda Rondstadt*

The Spinoza Problem by Irv Yalom*

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

The Tea Rose series by Jennifer Donnelly

The Terror by Dan Simmons

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittian

The Unwinding by George Packer*

The Vorkosigan saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

A Wedding in Provence by Ellen Sussman

Z a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler

Zealot:The Life And Times Of Jesus Of Nazareth* by Reza Aslan. Recommended by Michael Krasny*

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel*

Booksellers' Suggestions for Summer Reads

Recommendations from Kevin Hunsanger, co-owner, Green Apple Books

The Animals by Christian Kiefer

This lyrical and evocative noirish novel is a haunting portrait of a man attempting to escape his brutal past by caring for wild animals in an Idaho refuge.

Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano by Dana Thomas

This duo-biography splits its tale between the parallel rise and fall of two revolutionary geniuses in the world of haute couture: John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, while also exposing the underside of this $150 billion industry.


Hold Still by Sally Mann

An astounding memoir of family, place, art and memory, deftly told by one of America's premier fine art photographers.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena and Christian Robinson

The recipient of 2015's E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Honor Award recounts a bus trip taken by a young African American boy and his grandmothe, with the intent "... to write books featuring diverse characters in a story that has nothing to do with diversity."

Recommendations from Luisa Smith, head buyer at Corte Madera's Book Passage

Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews

Passion for Paris by David Downie

Pieces of My Mother by Melissa Cistaro

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

Recommendations from Luan Stauss, owner, Laurel Books

In a Village By the Sea written by Muon Van and illustrated by April Chu

Beautifully illustrated story told in short text about a family waiting for the father to come home from fishing. Told in a fresh way that includes soup, a dog, a baby, a cricket and some surprising artworks. Great bedtime book with rhythmic text and soft colors.

Welcome to Mamoko by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski

These are hands down favorites for the 4 and up set. There are 20 characters on the first page to get to know and then the rest of the book is wordless. Turn the page and find the character you want to follow to the end of the book as each page furthers the story. Great interactive book that both kids and the adults they let near it will love.

Whisper Hollow by Chris Cander

Set in a coal mining town in West Virginia, the story follows two women, Myrthen and Alta, whose lives cross paths along the way growing up. It's a great read with memorable characters and a story that surprised me with the treachery as well as joyousness of living.

100 Things A's Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Susan Slusser


It's for the ultimate A's fan and any fan of the game. It is a good crossover book that both teens and adults will have a great time sharing between innings at the ball park or at home. Keep it in mind for the long off season.