I was on KBBI this morning, talking about good summer reads with host Aaron Selbig. Here’s the list of all the books mentioned on the air, by us and everyone who called in:
Tessa recommends To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which she says she rereads every year.
Dave strongly recommends Baseball and the Garden of Eden by John Thorne, which he says is much more than a book about baseball and that people who aren’t into sports will love it, too. He convinced me, it’s on my to-read list now.
Janet and Jenny both said they were unable to put down The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
Jenny also highly recommends The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean.
Larry loved The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
Amy recommends Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund.
Michael recommends Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, “a Vietnam war novel that reads like a 200-page thriller.”
And my list of recommendations, as follows:
History: Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Historical fiction: Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres
Urban fantasy: Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series. The thirteenth novel, Ghost, will be out next month.
Science fiction: David Weber and John Ringo’s Prince Roger series, beginning with March Upcountry.
Children’s picture books: Anything by David Wiesner, but most recently Art & Max.
Juvenile fiction: Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small Quartet, wonderful series about Keladry of Mindelan, a girl who wants to be a knight.
Okay, I’m done.