O's 2013 Summer Reading List
If your idea of the perfect summer romance is finding a great new read to fall in love with, you've come to the right place. Here are the season's un-put-down-able titles recommended by Gillian Flynn, Jeanette Winterson and Karen Russell.
June 17, 2013
Thea Atwell is the headstrong 15-year-old at the center of Anton DiSclafani's sparkling debut novel.
It takes you back in time to 19th-century North Adams, Massachusetts, where a group of Chinese laborers have been brought in to become unwitting strikebreakers.
A boy and his father survive being bitten nearly to death, not by a rabid dog but by a torturer.
Beukes's new novel features the greatest time-traveling serial killer.' '
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, financially successful forty-something Pandora Halfdanarson picks up her older brother Edison at the airport only to find that he's ballooned from a weight of 163 pounds to nearly 400.
The novel is set in Trinidad, amid the circus-like world of Carnival.
In Beatriz Williams's fast-paced love story, we meet the now-grown women in the summer of 1938, when the scorching sun illuminates a friend's betrayal and reignites a romance.
This book isn't a whodunit...it's more about unease, set in a slightly futuristic world and told from the point of view of a teenage girl who is taken to a place called the Panopticon.' '
In this lush, orchestral debut novel, four women arrive at similar dismal, disorienting moments of total-life paralysis.
This is a book about a lifetime of grief after the author loses her parents, husband, and two sons in the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka.
Susan Steinberg's third collection is unconventional and drily funny.
Riddle is the privileged only daughter of a politician and an icy, self-centered former actress—parents who never put her first.
Sarah is a California painter who's come east for a retreat she hopes will revive her artistic passion.
When college-educated 21-year-old Conrad Farrell leaves for the Iraq War, he is a classics major, obsessed with ancient Greek societies and his lustrous girlfriend Claire.
A reporter chasing the story of a woman who saved a teenager on the subway tracks realizes the rescuer may be a friend who'd disappeared.
A lovely memoir—modest, arrogant, and aware of what it means to dream.' '
Julie Jacobson begins the summer of '74 as an outsider at arts camp until she is accepted into a clique of teenagers with whom she forms a lifelong bond.' '
The book asks: When is it wise to be a fool for something?
In this winsome debut novel, Cooperstown, New York, home to the Baseball Hall of Fame, is the village around which the plot turns. Just about every member of the Obermeyer family is in a thinly disguised state of relationship meltdown. The most complex story belongs to Hugh, principal of Seedlings preschool, who has just (almost) slept with the mother of one of his 4-year-old students.
A hybrid book—part mystery story, part memoir—about the author's mother's life in South Africa during apartheid.
Shawn Vestal's slam-dunk debut, casts a cinematic shadow on the American West.
This one is set in the near future, when a certain percentage of humans are "brilliants" who can do strange things like read body language with total accuracy or sense patterns in the stock market.
Sometimes you reach the end of a story and go quietly, "Oh." And sometimes you gasp and go, "Holy guacamole!" Not because a building fell down or a character died, but because the unexpected yet completely understandable' 'came to pass—and made you fall off your chair. Again and again this happens in Rebecca Lee's slim, sly, brilliant book Bobcat
Simone's is a wisecracking, mordantly observant, wide-awake voice.
Stephanie Powell Watts writes about "dirt roaders," working-class Southerners who live large and dream safe.
By the acclaimed painter, a story about the deceptions of life and the truth of art.
You know that if Dennis Lehane gives his stamp of approval, this book is going to be good.
This Is Paradise navigates an ocean of tension between tourists and islanders in paradisiacal, paradoxical Hawaii.
Jamie Quatro's I Want to Show You More dives beneath the surface of everyday life to access subverted desire, spiritual yearning, and unrequited lust.
In this latest thoughtful twist on the recovery memoir, crime-writer Martha Grimes,and her son, Ken Grimes, tell parallel stories of their individual addictions. Martha was a five-martinis-a-night drinker; Ken, a pot smoker who didn't mind downing a six-pack...or three.