Recommendations for the best reads of the summer from book editors and independent bookstore owners.

Carla Cohen, Editor of the Book Review at Politics and Prose

  • Lizzie's War: A Novel

    By Tim Farrington

    HarperOne

    Buy

  • Baker Towers

    By Jennifer Haigh

    William Morrow

    Buy

  • CONFESSIONS OF MAX TIVOLI

    By ANDREW SEAN GREER

    Picador Paper

    Buy

  • Crossing California

    By Adam Langer

    Riverhead Hardcover

    Buy

  • The Hungry Tide

    By Amitav Ghosh

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Buy

  • Small Island: A Novel

    By Andrea Levy

    Picador

    Buy

  • Them: A Memoir of Parents

    By Francine du Plessix Gray

    Penguin Press HC, The

    Buy

  • Audio books
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)

    By Alexander McCall Smith

    Recorded Books, Inc.

    Buy

  • Saturday (Recorded Books Unabridged)

    By Ian McEwan

    Recorded Books

    Buy

  • The Love Wife

    By Gish Jen

    Recorded Books, Inc.

    Buy

  • Collapse

    By Jared Diamond

    Penguin Audio

    Buy

  • Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal Book Review

  • Captain Alatriste

    By Arturo Perez-Reverte

    Putnam Adult

    Buy

  • The Portrait

    By Iain Pears

    Riverhead Hardcover

    Buy

  • Hunger's Brides: A Novel of the Baroque

    By Paul Anderson

    Da Capo Press

    Buy

  • Divided Kingdom

    By Rupert Thomson

    Knopf

    Buy

  • Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet

    By Xinran Xinran

    Nan A. Talese

    Buy

  • Envy: A Novel

    By Kathryn Harrison

    Random House

    Buy

  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    By Lisa See

    Random House

    Buy

  • My Life in CIA: A Chronicle of 1973

    By Harry Mathews

    Dalkey Archive Press

    Buy

  • The Education of Arnold Hitler

    By Marc Estrin

    Unbridled Books

    Buy

  • Breath and Bones

    By Susann Cokal

    Unbridled Books

    Buy

  • The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole: A Novel

    By Stephanie Doyon

    Simon & Schuster

    Buy

  • Sheilah Egan, “A Likely Story” Children’s Bookstore

  • Belly Button Book (Boynton on Board)

    By Sandra Boynton

    Workman Publishing Company

    Buy

  • What will I be? (Mirror Mirror)

    By Christopher Inns

    Kingfisher

    Buy

  • Play, Baby, Play

    By Ann Blakeslee

    Cartwheel

    Buy

  • Go, Baby, Go!

    By Ann Blakeslee

    Cartwheel

    Buy

  • What Do You Do?

    By Mandy Stanley

    Little Simon

    Buy

  • Bee-bim Bop!

    By Linda Sue Park

    Clarion Books

    Buy

  • Everybody Makes Mistakes

    By Christine Kole MacLean and Cynthia Decker

    Dutton Juvenile

    Buy

  • The Fairytale Cake

    By Mark Sperring

    Chicken House

    Buy

  • Good Morning, Digger

    By Anne Rockwell

    Viking Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Reading Makes You Feel Good (Todd Parr Classics)

    By Todd Parr

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Russell the Sheep

    By Rob Scotton

    HarperCollins

    Buy

  • The Visit

    By Reeve Lindbergh

    Dial

    Buy

  • If Frogs Made Weather

    By Marion Dane Bauer

    Holiday House

    Buy

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)

    By J. K. Rowling

    Arthur A. Levine Books

    Buy

  • The Hidden Myths in Harry Potter: Spellbinding Map and Book of Secrets

    By David Colbert and Virginia Allyn

    St. Martin's Griffin

    Buy

  • Eldest

    By Christopher Paolini

    Knopf Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Best Foot Forward

    By Joan Bauer

    Putnam Juvenile

    Buy

  • <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Extraordinary-Adventures-Alfred-Kropp/dp/1582346933?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1582346933" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/513QATW0G7L._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Extraordinary-Adventures-Alfred-Kropp/dp/1582346933?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1582346933" target="_blank">The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp</a></p><p class="book-author">By Rick Yancey </p><p class="book-publisher">Bloomsbury USA Childrens</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Extraordinary-Adventures-Alfred-Kropp/dp/1582346933?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1582346933" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Penderwicks-Summer-Sisters-Rabbits-Interesting/dp/0375831436?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0375831436" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51NZyhQME%2BL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Penderwicks-Summer-Sisters-Rabbits-Interesting/dp/0375831436?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0375831436" target="_blank">The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy</a></p><p class="book-author">By Jeanne Birdsall </p><p class="book-publisher">Knopf Books for Young Readers</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Penderwicks-Summer-Sisters-Rabbits-Interesting/dp/0375831436?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0375831436" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm --></div>
    

    Angela Dodson, Executive Editor of Black Issues Book Review

  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    By Malcolm Gladwell

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

  • Small Island: A Novel

    By Andrea Levy

    Picador

    Buy

  • The Professor's Daughter: A Novel

    By Emily Raboteau

    Henry Holt and Co.

    Buy

  • The Icarus Girl: A Novel

    By Helen Oyeyemi

    Nan A. Talese

    Buy

  • Freshwater Road

    By Denise Nicholas

    Agate Publishing

    Buy

  • The Prophet of Zongo Street: Stories

    By Mohammed Naseehu Ali

    Amistad

    Buy

  • Let George Do It!

    By George Foreman and Fran Manushkin

    Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

    Buy

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