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For the Road: Summer Reading Recommendations



It’s Summer Reading list time so we thought we'd throw in our two cents. We had such a great response last year, we're hoping for lots of suggestions again this year. Please leave them and your reviews in the comments.

A summer’s literary needs can range from an engrossing beach book to the too-busy-to-read read so here are some suggestions to help round out your selections.


Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - This classic is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year (and yes, there's
a special edition to prove it).

The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe - The New York Times Book Review preview editor, David Kelly, called this existential novel "the best beach book ever written."

The Help by Kathryn Stockett - A repeat from last summer but not only is it still topping the bestseller's list, it's now a Major Motion Picture (starring Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney and Viola Davis), coming out in August.

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman - a 2011 debut about eccentric characters, love and childhood. It's been compared to Kate Atkinson's 1995 debut, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, also an enthusiastic romp from birth to adulthood and the people who get us there. Plus, there's a rabbit named God!

Come Thou, Tortoise by Jessica Grant - Its heroine Audrey, applies the rules of the board game Clue, to her everyday life. Audrey's tortoise muses on Shakespeare and the nature of exponents. A quirky and deep yet easy read.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, this sort-of-novel follows a dozen characters working in the music industry through a series of separate unusually-crafted stories - one is a PowerPoint presentation - another a celebrity profile. Critics have hailed Egan for writing "a novel for the Internet age."

Room by Emma Donoghue - Hailed as one of the best books of 2010 by Bestsellers and NYT alike, Room is the creepy, yet incredibly hopeful and imaginative story of a young boy and woman trapped in a room.


Ice Cold by Tess Gerritson - The most recent of the Rizzoli and Isles crime series, which is now a television series on TNT. The newest installment, The Silent Girl, is released on July 5.  

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner - a definite favorite for poolside. The best-selling author looks at how four women's lives are bound by infertility and hope for the future. Out in July.

BONUS: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - The current star of Young Adult Fiction, The Hunger Games trilogy is well-written and surprisingly well-received by adult audiences. It features a strong female lead in the middle of a dystopian reality show. If it's not your cup of tea, you might suggest it to your teen.

Next up: Non-fiction. 

Give us your recommendations and reviews in the comments. 

 See you on the road ... with a good book! 

Road Reporters Vicki Zwart & Maia Gillet



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