12 Authors Share Favorite Summer Books
Books for a Long Weekend
Burroughs: The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton ($11, amazon.com).
The only thing more delicious than spending a weekend reading The House of Mirth is reading it in the grass or on the sand. Mosquitoes will leave you alone. It will not rain. This is Edith Wharton. Nature bends.
Collins: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald ($14, amazon.com).
Jay Gatsby is so charismatic, sexy, and mysterious, and I love him. Good to share with a guy in bed!
DeMille: The Gold Coast, by Nelson DeMille ($15, amazon.com).
What can I say? Read it on the beach and attract favorable comments.
Evanovich: The Two Minute Rule, by Robert Crais ($8, amazon.com).
Its Crais, for crying out loud! Who would not want to spend a weekend with Robert Crais?
Fairstein: The Diana Chronicles, by Tina Brown ($16, amazon.com).
Even if you think you know everything about Princess Dianaor think you dont want to know everything.
Gilbert: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman ($15, amazon.com).
The heartbreaking true story of an immigrant Hmong childs epilepsy and the American doctors who tried to cure her (not realizing that traditional Hmong families see epilepsy as something of a blessing). A story of moral and cultural complexity.
Gregory: Lottery, by Patricia Wood ($14, amazon.com).
A hugely feel-good novel that had me laughing out loud at the heros rise to happiness from absolute despair.
Kinsella: The Tenderness of Wolves, by Stef Penny ($15, amazon.com).
A gripping, atmospheric murder story set in the snowy wastes of Canada, with some wonderful descriptions of an extreme landscape. I never knew I could be so riveted by snow!
Macomber: The Shell Seekers, by Rosamunde Pilcher ($9, amazon.com).
One of my all-time favorite books. The story touched me on several levels, but mostly because my own father was a German POW. It helped me appreciate the tremendous sacrifices made during World War II.
Patterson: Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge, by Evan S. Connell (each $15, amazon.com).
Astonishingly different points of view, in two books, from a wife and a husband, on the history of a familys life in Kansas City.
Picoult: Skeletons at the Feast, by Chris Bohjalian ($15, amazon.com).
A Bohjalian novel is guaranteed to be rich in character and gorgeous writing. This one, based on a real journal, delves into the history of World War II.
Steel: Become a Better You, by Joel Osteen ($15, amazon.com).