Have you found any really great books this summer?

Among the ones I have enjoyed are several mysteries including Down Among the Dead Men by Peter Lovesey, The Cold dish by Craig Johnson, In all the Dark Places by Peter Robinson and The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny – all recent offerings from favorite authors.  It is nice to revisit old friends.

Found a couple of books I wouldn’t have picked up without having them recommended to me that I quite liked – Rules for Old Men Waiting by Peter Ponsey is a beautifully written look at the end of a life.  Kitchens of the Great Midwest has an unusual format – almost more of linked short stories than a novel but some of the funniest bits I have read in quite a while and a truly great what goes around comes around bit at the end.

Also getting ready for the New Voices segment of the Concord Festival of Authors and quite enjoyed the short stories of Lenore Myka in King of the Gypsies – stories influenced by her experiences as a Peace Corp volunteer in Romania.

Looking forward to talking about books with you – hope you have the first Tuesday in Oct marked on your calendar.


  1. *Orhan’s Inheritance Aline Ohanesian
    *Sometimes the Wolf Urban Waite
    +*Ashley’s War Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (non-fiction, Afghanistan)
    *Finders Keepers Stephen King
    +*On the Move Oliver Sacks (memoir)
    +**Being Mortal by Atul Gawande non fiction
    *Once Upon a Time in Russia Ben Mezrich non fiction
    *The Ginger Tree Oswald Wynd
    +*The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman
    *The Cost of Courage Charles Kaiser (nonfiction WWII)
    +*The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace Jeff Hobbs (non fiction)
    +*The Book of Speculation Erika Swyler

    Some books I read over the summer. I have a few more good ones coming in that I expect will show promise. I flagged ones I really enjoyed a lot. I have Nature of the Beast in my vacation collection and can’t wait to read it. PS I am quite saddened by the passing of Oliver Sacks; a truly wonderful man. Lynette

  2. Another old favorite for me is Kent Haruf. His latest (and sadly, last) book is Our Souls at Night. It’s about two elderly acquaintances who take unusual steps to combat their loneliness.

    I can’t remember who recommended Girl Underwater by Claire Kells. Do not read this on a flight because it deals with a plane crash and the aftermath for two of the survivors.

    This one is maybe a little too syrupy, but it deals with a beloved children’s bookstore in Seattle that is under the threat of bankruptcy. A good dose of rah-rah about the power of books in the lives of children. Goodnight, June by Sarah Jio. The print version might be less sweet than the audio.

  3. My best books from this summer have been mostly classics & sci fi:

    Science fiction/fantasy:
    A Plague of Angels by Sheri S. Tepper
    A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    from the Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold:
    A Civil Campaign

    Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
    The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
    The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin
    Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
    Sanctuary by William Faulkner

    Others worth mentioning:
    The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
    Niccolo Rising by Dorothy Dunnett
    Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill
    The Locked Room by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

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