Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Summer Reading Part Three- Great Stuff Out in Paperback
For Part Three of my Summer Reading series, I want to tell you about some great things now out in paperback, great reads that may not be "beach reads" but are still perfect for a summer's day.
The Cat's Table is out in a beautiful paperback edition. I loved this book and if you like thoughtful literary fiction, you will too.
The Upright Piano Player is a haunting, Ian McEwan-esque thriller about a retired executive who attracts some unsavory attention.
Silver Sparrow also got a great cover in its paperback release. But then again, it's a great book. I loved this book too, about a young girl whose father is a bigamist.
What You See in the Dark, by Manuel Munoz, is a wonderfully atmospheric and heartbreaking read about young love, hope and disappointment. And if you read the blurbs at the front, you might see someone you recognize!
The Sisters Brothers is an unabashed delight, with just a smidge of darkness and violence.
The Nun is one of my favorite historical fiction reads this year, about a young girl sentenced to life in a nunnery in 19th century Italy. If you like Sarah Dunant, you'll like this more.
Some things I haven't read myself but that are getting a lot of traction in paperback and might be right for you include:
The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach
IQ84, by Haruki Murakami
State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan
Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
Hopefully you'll find lots of all of these books at your local independent bookstore. If not, place an order and let them do what they do best- sell you great books.