2013 Summer Book Recommendations

Novels, biographies and thrillers you’ll want to pack for your next vacation, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

 Barbara Hoffert’s Picks

  • Submergence

    By J. M. Ledgard

    Coffee House Press

    Buy

  • We Need New Names: A Novel

    By NoViolet Bulawayo

    Reagan Arthur Books

    Buy

  • Americanah (ALA Notable Books for Adults)

    By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Knopf

    Buy

  • And the Mountains Echoed

    By Khaled Hosseini

    Riverhead Books

    Buy

  • The Blind Man's Garden

    By Nadeem Aslam

    Knopf

    Buy

  • The Illusion of Separateness: A Novel

    By Simon Van Booy

    HarperCollins Publishers

    Buy

  • The Retrospective

    By A. B. Yehoshua

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Buy

  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel

    By Anton DiSclafani

    Riverhead Books

    Buy

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    By Kevin Kwan

    Doubleday

    Buy

  • The Madonna on the Moon

    By Rolf Bauerdick

    Knopf

    Buy

  • The Curiosity: A Novel

    By Stephen P. Kiernan

    William Morrow

    Buy

  • Necessary Errors: A Novel

    By Caleb Crain

    Penguin Books

    Buy

  • The Blood of Heaven

    By Kent Wascom

    Grove Press

    Buy

  • Red Doc>

    By Anne Carson

    Knopf

    Buy

  • Senegal Taxi (Camino del Sol)

    By Juan Felipe Herrera

    University of Arizona Press

    Buy

  • Silverchest: Poems

    By Carl Phillips

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Elegy Owed

    By Bob Hicok

    Copper Canyon Press

    Buy

  • Eileen McGarvey’s Picks

  • And the Mountains Echoed

    By Khaled Hosseini

    Riverhead Books

    Buy

  • The Illusion of Separateness: A Novel

    By Simon Van Booy

    HarperCollins Publishers

    Buy

  • Lexicon

    By Max Barry

    Penguin Press

    Buy

  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    By Joe Hill

    William Morrow

    Buy

  • The Outsider: A Memoir

    By Jimmy Connors

    Harper

    Buy

  • Call Me Zelda

    By Erika Robuck

    Berkley

    Buy

  • The End Of Your Life Book Club (Basic)

    By Will Schwalbe

    Large Print Press

    Buy

  • Flight Behavior: A Novel

    By Barbara Kingsolver

    Harper Perennial

    Buy

  • John Wilwol’s Picks

  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    By Mary Roach

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • Point Your Face at This: Drawings

    By Demetri Martin

    Grand Central Publishing

    Buy

  • Bolivar: American Liberator

    By Marie Arana

    Simon & Schuster

    Buy

  • The Marseille Caper

    By Peter Mayle

    Knopf

    Buy

  • Artful

    By Ali Smith

    Penguin Press

    Buy

  • My Beloved World

    By Sonia Sotomayor

    Knopf

    Buy

  • The Woman Upstairs

    By Claire Messud

    Knopf

    Buy

  • E. Ethelbert Miller’s Picks

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