90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Hot Summer Reads For 2011

We’re talking about summer reads 2011. What’s hot. What’s great. What’s good for the back porch, the beach.

What's made your reading list for the summer? We'll take a look at some top picks. (Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr)

What's made your reading list this summer? We'll take a look at some top picks. (Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr)

Ah, summer. First official day, right here, right now.

Time to savor, to relax if you can do it, and to read. In the hammock. On the porch swing. Under a tree. At the beach.

And what shall we read? Today, we’ll ask three book mavens what they’re recommending, and get your picks.

Are you laughing through Tina Fey’s “Bossypants”? Traveling with Paul Thoreaux? Sailing with “Pym”? In a “State of Wonder” with Ann Patchett? Out in “The Bee-Loud Glade”?

This hour On Point: great summer reads, 2011.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Charlotte Abbott, contributing editor for Publishers Weekly.

Maggie Galehouse, book editor for the Houston Chronicle, where she also blogs at “Bookish: A Book Blog with Maggie Galehouse.”

Michael Kindness, blogs and podcasts at “Books on the Nightstand.”

Jamil Zaidi, manager at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.

Here you can find audience book picks collected during the show and from online comments.

Maggie’s List

Bullfighting by Roddy Doyle

Incognito by David Eagleman

Pym by Mat Johnson

Bossypants by Tina Fey

50 Dangerous Things by Gever Tulley

The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith

The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux

The Gap Year by Sarah Bird

The Best of It by Kay Ryan

Jamil’s List

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

Other People We Married by Emma Straub

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

The Passage by Justin Croninn

The Natural Mystics by Colin Grant

BossyPants by Tina Fey

Life by Kieth Richards

Priceless by Robert Wittman

Divegent by Vernoica Roth

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Michael’s List

Man With A Pan edited by John Donohue.

Townie by Andre Dubus

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Daytripper by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Jan 30, 2015
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch gathers her papers during a break in her testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. (AP)

Obama abroad. Hostage drama. Attorney general hearings. Snow days. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Jan 30, 2015
In the new film "American Sniper," Bradley Cooper plays real-life US Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who was the deadliest marksman in American history. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

“American Sniper.” Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper’s war film keeps crushing at the box office and stirring more controversy. We’ll go to it.

RECENT
SHOWS
Jan 29, 2015
This Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 a street side memorial with a painted portrait of Ezell Ford near where he was shot when police confronted him on Aug. 11, 2014, on a street near his home in South Los Angeles. (AP)

The author of “Ghettoside” takes us deep into murder and law enforcement in minority neighborhoods. We want your story.

 
Jan 29, 2015
Mike Johnson, a sales manager at a local Honda car dealership, walks past a row of Honda CRV SUVs Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz.  (AP)

Is it the next subprime scandal? Banking giants piling into high-interest auto loans for the poor. We’ll investigate.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: January 23, 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015

New thoughts on Facebook, new analysis of State of the Union twitter activity and new weekend excitement. New! And exciting!

More »
Comment
 
Meet On Point’s Interns: Spring 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015

Good news! We have interns, and they are wonderful, and here they are for the spring term. Meet them digitally, right here.

More »
2 Comments
 
Caller To Author Ron Rash: ‘You Cared About People Like Me’
Thursday, Jan 22, 2015

An unexpected caller from South Carolina brings back guest Ron Rash’s years as a community college professor in a movingly real way.

More »
1 Comment