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

Alan Cheuse, Book Reviewer, All Things Considered

  • The Stalin Epigram: A Novel

    By Robert Littell

    Simon & Schuster

    Buy

  • Marine One

    By James Huston

    St. Martin's Press

    Buy

  • Fragment: A Novel

    By Warren Fahy

    Delacorte Press

    Buy

  • Flood

    By Stephen Baxter

    Gollancz

    Buy

  • The Strain: Book One of The Strain Trilogy

    By Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

    William Morrow

    Buy

  • Lark and Termite

    By Jayne Anne Phillips

    Knopf

    Buy

  • In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

    By Daniyal Mueenuddin

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • The Servants' Quarters

    By Lynn Freed

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Buy

  • Sonata Mulattica: Poems

    By Rita Dove

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • The Increment: A Novel

    By David Ignatius

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • Barbara Hoffert, Editor of the Book Review at Library Journal

  • Sag Harbor: A Novel

    By Colson Whitehead

    Doubleday

    Buy

  • Between the Assassinations

    By Aravind Adiga

    Free Press

    Buy

  • Emily's Ghost: A Novel of the Brontë Sisters

    By Denise Giardina

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • A Monster's Notes

    By Laurie Sheck

    Knopf

    Buy

  • It's Beginning to Hurt: Stories

    By James Lasdun

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Censoring an Iranian Love Story

    By Shahriar Mandanipour

    Knopf

    Buy

  • The Weight of Heaven: A Novel

    By Thrity Umrigar

    Harper

    Buy

  • The Song Is You: A Novel

    By Arthur Phillips

    Random House

    Buy

  • Once on a Moonless Night

    By Dai Sijie

    Knopf

    Buy

  • The Help

    By Kathryn Stockett

    G.P. Putnam's Sons

    Buy

  • Border Songs

    By Jim Lynch

    Knopf

    Buy

  • Sacred Hearts: A Novel

    By Sarah Dunant

    Random House

    Buy

  • Dwayne Betts, Author

  • Appropriate for 10-14 year-olds
  • Bronx Masquerade

    By Nikki Grimes

    Speak

    Buy

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    Appropriate for 15 year-olds, and anyone older
  • Train Whistle Guitar: A Novel

    By Albert Murray

    Vintage

    Buy

  • The Homewood Trilogy

    By John Edgar Wideman

    Avon Books

    Buy

  • The Black Poets

    By Dudley Randall

    Bantam

    Buy

  • The Maverick Room: Poems

    By Thomas Sayers Ellis

    Graywolf Press

    Buy

  • Leaving Saturn: Poems

    By Major Jackson

    University of Georgia Press

    Buy

  • Bronx Masquerade

    By Nikki Grimes

    Speak

    Buy

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