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


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

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