This year’s recommendations for the best summer reading from book editors and independent bookstore owners.

Barbara Hoffert
Editor, Library Journal Book Review

  • Harry, Revised: A Novel

    By Mark Sarvas

    Bloomsbury USA

    Buy

  • How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

    By Sasa Stanisic

    Grove Press

    Buy

  • Beijing Coma: A Novel

    By Ma Jian

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Atmospheric Disturbances: A Novel

    By Rivka Galchen

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Say You're One of Them

    By Uwem Akpan

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

  • Finding Nouf: A Novel

    By Zoë Ferraris

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Buy

  • The Condition: A Novel

    By Jennifer Haigh

    Harper

    Buy

  • Wolf Totem: A Novel

    By Jiang Rong

    Penguin Press HC, The

    Buy

  • The Cellist of Sarajevo

    By Steven Galloway

    Riverhead Hardcover

    Buy

  • The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel

    By Salman Rushdie

    Random House

    Buy

  • Traci Giganti
    Co-owner of Book Crossing in Brunswick, MD

    Picture Book
  • I'm the Best Artist in the Ocean!

    By Kevin Sherry

    Dial Books

    Buy

  • Ages 6-9
  • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Rain or Shine

    By Erica Silverman

    Harcourt Children's Books

    Buy

  • Ages 7-10
  • Game 1 (Barnstormers)

    By Phil Bildner

    Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

    Buy

  • Ages 10 and older
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    By Brian Selznick

    Scholastic Press

    Buy

  • Young Adults
  • Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)

    By Stephenie Meyer

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Carla Cohen
    Co-owner of Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C.

    Fiction Hardcover
  • Unaccustomed Earth

    By Jhumpa Lahiri

    Knopf

    Buy

  • Netherland: A Novel

    By Joseph O'Neill

    Pantheon

    Buy

  • The World Before Her

    By Deborah Weisgall

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Buy

  • Fiction Paperback
  • Out Stealing Horses: A Novel

    By Per Petterson

    Picador

    Buy

  • Loving Frank: A Novel

    By Nancy Horan

    Ballantine Books

    Buy

  • Free Food for Millionaires

    By Min Jin Lee

    Grand Central Publishing

    Buy

  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    By Mohsin Hamid

    Harvest Books

    Buy

  • Nonfiction
  • Audiobooks
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    By Junot Diaz

    Penguin Audio

    Buy

  • The Miracle at Speedy Motors (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency)

    By Alexander McCall Smith

    Recorded Books, Inc.

    Buy

  • Todd Stewart
    Co-owner of Vertigo Books in College Park, MD

    Fiction Hardcover
  • Breath: A Novel

    By Tim Winton

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • A Case of Exploding Mangoes

    By Mohammed Hanif

    Knopf

    Buy

  • World Made by Hand: A Novel

    By James Howard Kunstler

    Atlantic Monthly Press

    Buy

  • Paperback Fiction
  • The Opposite House

    By Helen Oyeyemi

    Anchor

    Buy

  • Grotesque

    By Natsuo Kirino

    Vintage

    Buy

  • Children’s Fiction
  • A Thousand Never Evers

    By Shana Burg

    Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • The Underneath

    By Kathi Appelt

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Un Lun Dun

    By China Miéville

    Del Rey

    Buy

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