Washington Post Book World critic Ron Charles, Library Journal editor Barbara Hoffert and American University literature professor Despina Kakoudaki offer their recommendations for this year’s best summer reading.

Ron Charles, Fiction Editor and Weekly Critic at The Washington Post Book World

  • The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

    By Stephen L. Carter

    Knopf

    Buy

  • Arcadia

    By Lauren Groff

    Voice

    Buy

  • Bring Up the Bodies

    By Hilary Mantel

    Henry Holt and Co.

    Buy

  • Home

    By Toni Morrison

    Knopf

    Buy

  • Canada

    By Richard Ford

    Ecco

    Buy

  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    By Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

    Simon & Schuster

    Buy

  • The Song of Achilles

    By Madeline Miller

    Ecco

    Buy

  • In One Person: A Novel

    By John Irving

    Simon & Schuster

    Buy

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

  • The Queen's Lover: A Novel

    By Francine Du Plessix Gray

    Penguin Press

    Buy

  • Capital: A Novel

    By John Lanchester

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • In the Shadow of the Banyan

    By Vaddey Ratner

    Simon & Schuster

    Buy

  • A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar: A Novel

    By Suzanne Joinson

    Bloomsbury USA

    Buy

  • The Red House: A Novel

    By Mark Haddon

    Doubleday

    Buy

  • Talulla Rising

    By Glen Duncan

    Knopf

    Buy

  • The Orphanmaster

    By Jean Zimmerman

    Viking

    Buy

  • Istanbul Passage: A Novel

    By Joseph Kanon

    Atria Books

    Buy

  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    By Ben Fountain

    Canongate Books Export

    Buy

  • A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel

    By Wiley Cash

    William Morrow

    Buy

  • Vlad

    By Carlos Fuentes

    Dalkey Archive Press

    Buy

  • The Hunger Angel: A Novel

    By Herta Müller

    Metropolitan Books

    Buy

  • My Poets

    By Maureen N. McLane

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Despina Kakoudaki, Assistant Literature Professor at American University

  • Fahrenheit 451

    By Ray Bradbury

    Simon & Schuster

    Buy

  • I, Robot

    By Isaac Asimov

    Spectra

    Buy

  • Man Plus (SF Masterworks)

    By Frederik Pohl

    Orion Pub Co

    Buy

  • The Man in the High Castle

    By Philip K. Dick

    Mariner Books

    Buy

  • The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)

    By Ursula K. Le Guin

    Harper Voyager

    Buy

  • Parable of the Sower (Earthseed)

    By Octavia E. Butler

    Grand Central Publishing

    Buy

  • Parable of the Talents (Earthseed)

    By Octavia E. Butler

    Grand Central Publishing

    Buy

  • Bloodchild and Other Stories

    By Octavia E. Butler

    Seven Stories Press

    Buy

  • Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia

    By Samuel R. Delany

    Wesleyan University Press

    Buy

  • Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

    By Samuel R. Delany

    Wesleyan University Press

    Buy

  • China Mountain Zhang

    By Maureen F. McHugh

    Orb Books

    Buy

  • Snow Crash

    By Neal Stephenson

    Del Rey

    Buy

  • Virtual Light (Bridge Trilogy)

    By William Gibson

    Spectra

    Buy

  • Idoru (Bridge Trilogy)

    By William Gibson

    Berkley

    Buy

  • Green Mars (Mars Trilogy)

    By Kim Stanley Robinson

    Spectra

    Buy

  • Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy)

    By Kim Stanley Robinson

    Spectra

    Buy

  • Red Mars (Mars Trilogy)

    By Kim Stanley Robinson

    Spectra

    Buy

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