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Summer Reading Show


Mon 6/24/13 Noon & 7PM Summer is officially here. That means it’s time to break out a beach chair, and a few good books.  Fiction and non-fiction, great literature to quick read guilty pleasures- nothing is off the table. What are you looking forward to reading this summer? Email or post your suggestions here.

We're joined by Callie Newton, bookseller at Bartleby's Books in Wilmington, and Mike DeSanto, Co-owner of Phoenix books in Burlington and Essex.

Also on the show, we continue to impress our friends and neighbors with things we learn on Summer School. Today we'll take up skateboarding.

We've compiled a list of all books recommended by listeners and guests.

Summer 2013 Book List:

1984 by George Orwell

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Bennan

A Primates Memoir by Robert Sapolsky

Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey

Against Wind and Tide: Letters and Journals by Ann and Reeve Lindbergh

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel

Aubrey Maturina Series by Patrick O’Brien

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiassen

Beastly Things by Donna Leon

Big Data by Schonberger and Cukier

Birds of A lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Bringing up the Bodies by Anna Dibble

Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Alice Hoffman

Dance of the Sea Gull by Andrea Camilleri

DCI Bank Series by Peter Robinson

Dead Lie Down by Sophie Hannah

Double Bind by Chris Bojalian

Escape from Camp Fourteen by Blaine Harden

Fade to Black by Francis Knight

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin

Hour of the Rat by Lisa Brackmann

I Lost My Love in Baghdad by Michael Hastings

Inferno by Dan Brown

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Insectopedia by Hugh Raffles

Island Apart by Steven Raichlen

Joyland by Stephan King

Listen Below the Noise by Anne D. LeClaire

Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron

London Falling by Paul Cornell

Long Half-Time Walk by Billy Lynn

Lost Cat by Caroline Paul

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel by David Rakoff

Memoir from Antproof Case by Mark Helprin

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Mother Night: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut

My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

My Cool Campervan by Jane Field-Lewis

Noon at Tiffany’s by Echo Haven

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Otter St. Onge and the Bootleggers by Alec Hastings

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit by Beth Terry

Quiet by Susan Cain

Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher and Ruth Ross

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend by Susan Orlean

Robertson Davies Books

Serena by Ron Rash

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Shark vs. Train by Chris Bartin and Tom Lichenheld

Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut

Something Abides by Howard Coffin

Sparta by Roxana Robinson

Still Life by Louise Penney

Stone Sisters by Sarah Ward

Summerkin by Sarah Prineas

Survivor: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk

The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron

The Celestials by Karen Shepard

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Dairy of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

The Good House by Ann Leary

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Hare with the Amber Eyes

The Healing by Jon O’Dell

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

The Human Division by John Scalzi

The Interestings by Meg Wolitizer

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

The Last Book Club of Your Life by Will Schwalbe

The Light of the Ruins by Chris Bohajalian

The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker

The Mystery of Mere Cat Hill Alexander McCall Smith

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaimen

The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian

The Orphan Master’s Song

The Raj Quartet: The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

The Summer Book by Tove Jannson

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards: A Novel by Kristopher Jansma

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Thomas Jefferson by John Meacham

To Eat by Joe Eck

To Eat: A Country Life by Joe Eck, Wayne Winterrowd, Bobbi Angell, and Beatrice Tosti di Valminuta

Tolkien Trilogy

Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Wedding in Hatai by Julia Alverez

Where the Light Falls by Katherine Keenum

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Why Does the World Exist by Jim Holt

Why Does the World Exist? By Jim Holt

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Wolf Hall by Hilary Montell

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
Sage Van Wing was a Vermont Edition producer.
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