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LitChat’s Summer Round-Up June 13, 2011

Posted by Carolyn Burns Bass in bestsellers.

Can you tell by the title of this year’s summer reading week that I’m on a roadtrip through the West? Packed in my bag are four wonderful books that have kept me company at 30,000 feet over the USA, on the beach, snuggled in bed, and now in the car during a coast to coast roadtrip. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

BREAK THE SKIN by Lee Martin

THINGS WE DIDN’T SAY by Kristina Riggle.

PRIDE AND AVARICE by Nicholas Coleridge

CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese

Except for CUTTING FOR STONE, which was published in 2009, each of these books are hot new titles for this summer. We’ll discuss these and other sizzlers this week during #litchat’s Summer Reading Round-Up. Making the talks even more fun, we have a host of surprise authors dropping in to tell us about their new books and share their summer reading plans

Just to give you an idea of what other lit gurus are recommending, check out this list of summer reads from Oprah’s O magazine: http://www.oprah.com/book-list/Paging-Summer-Tantalizing-Beach-Reads.


1. Thomas H.Cook - June 15, 2011

I am reading Jane Hamilton’s THE BOOK OF RUTH, and enjoying it very much. I also have Andre Dubus III’s TOWNIE and Margot Livsesey’s HOMEWORK.

2. Pam Jenoff - June 15, 2011

Thanks for the great suggestions! My new book, The Things We Cherished, comes out July 12. It’s historical fiction (like my first book The Kommandant’s Girl) and its about the guilt or innocence of an accused Nazi collaborator and the antique timepiece that holds the answers. I call it “Sarah’s Key meets The Notebook.”

I look forward to hearing about some other forthcoming books.


3. Jamie Ford - June 16, 2011

I’m reading an ARC of Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea. (Sequel to Hummingbird’s Daughter). I’m loving it. Amazing atmospheric prose. And a story that draws you in immediately.

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