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May 5, 2013

A few suggestions for your summer reading list

You’ve got your summer all planned out.

Weekends with family are starting to fill in between trips and festivals. You’ve got a few household chores planned, some exploring around town, a bit of a roadtrip, and plenty of dates with a cold one in the back yard.

So what are you going to read this year? How about these great suggestions….


Start your summer off with a little history and “The Civil War in 50 Objects” by Harold Holtzer or “American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms” by Chris Kyle and William Doyle.

There are plenty of books due out in May that will whip you into shorts-and-swimsuit season, including “Hungry Girl 200 Under 200” by Lisa Lillien, “No Bake Makery” by Cristina Suarez Krumsick, and “Fresh Happy Tasty: an Adventure in 100 Recipes” by Jane Coxwell, as well as new foodie books by Guy Fieri, the Batali Brothers and Art Smith.

May will bring new memoirs by Burt Bacharach; Donald Rumsfeld; and the original MTV VJs. You’ll also find new novels by Clive Cussler, Neil Gaiman, Dean Koontz, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Walter Mosley and Wanda E. Brunstetter.


Once summer officially starts, load up on more novels. Mary Kay Andrews has a new one coming out; so do Carl Hiaasen, Dorothea Benton Frank, Jeffrey Deaver, Jeannette Walls, Barbara Delinsky, Marsha Clark, James Patterson (with Howard Roughan), and James Rollins.

There’s a new bio on Willie, Waylon, and Kris Kristofferson due in June. Jen Lancaster comes out with another great book. You’ll also find biographies by farmer Mardi Jo Link, and a new book about President Obama.

Historians will love June’s offerings: a book on the 1936 Berlin Olympics; one about the wives of early astronauts; a book about the Revolutionary War; and a book about American prosperity in each of the 50 states.

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