Sunday, June 7, 2009

Podcast archived: Summer reading

I had a fantastic time this morning talking books with Robin of The Robin's Nest and Professor Tracey of Aunt Jemima's Revenge. Yep, three sisters talking literature (Take that Kanye!)...Our conversation could have gone on for days. Every time one of us mentioned a favorite tome, someone else would chime in wth a similar must-read.

Looking for some good summer reading? Below are some recommendations from Robin, Tracey and me. Listen to the archived podcast to hear why these books should be on your list.

Dead and Gone (and the rest of the Sookie Stackhouse series) by Charlaine Harris
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Erasure by Percival Everett
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Nightmare at 20,000 feet by Richard Matheson
Showing Mary by Renita J. Weems
Just a Sister Away by Renita J. Weems
I Asked for Intimacy by Renita J. Weems
Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Barton Gellman
Burn This Book by Toni Morrison
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
The Lecturer's Tale by James Hynes
The Thunder of Silence by Joel Goldsmith
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer
The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead
The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
Kiss the Sky by Farai Chideya
My Booky Wook by Russell Brand
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick
Our Uncle Sam by Erik Greene
Life is Short but Wide by J. California Cooper
Honeymoon with my Brother by Franz Wisner
Too Much Tuscan Sun by Dario Castagno
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhampa Lahiri
Namesake by Jhampa Lahiri
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhampa Lahiri
Last Man Out by Melissa Faye Greene

Robin plans to read all children's books this summer, which got the crew talking about some of our favorites for kids and young adults:

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake
Money Hungry by Sharon G. Flake
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

Got titles to add to the list, share them in the comments section and be sure to tell us why you recommend the book.


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