PLEDGE NOW
Top Summer Reads For 2014
Roz Chast's darkly comic graphic memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" appears on all three of our summer 2014 books show guest lists. (Bloomsbury USA)

Roz Chast’s darkly comic graphic memoir, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” appears on all three of our summer 2014 books show guest lists. (Bloomsbury USA)

Our June 16 hour on the top summer reads of 2014 featured three top-notch guests with a whole library shelf’s worth of reading recommendations. You’re more than welcome to read all of the books they suggest, but in the off chance you weren’t able to write down all the books they suggested on air, we’ve collected their top ten selections here for your reading pleasure.

Parul Sehgal’s Top Ten

My Salinger Year” by Joanna Rakoff

The Bees” by Laline Paul

Song of the Shank” by Jeffrey Renard Allen

Another Great Day at Sea” by Geoff Dyer

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast

Cubed” by Nikal Saval

Deep” by James Nestor

Euphoria” by Lily King

My Struggle, Vol. 3″ by Karl Ove Knausgaard

The Fever” by Megan Abbott

Maggie Galehouse’s Top Ten

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast

Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts On Kindness” by George Saunders

The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses” byKevin Birmingham

All Joy and No Fun” by Jennifer Senior

Funny Once: Stories” by Antonya Nelson

Orfeo” by Richard Power

To Rise Again at  a Decent Hour” by Joshua Ferris

Uganda Be Kidding Me” by Chelsea Handler

Paul Ingram’s Top Ten

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip” by Kevin Brockmeier”

Euphoria” by Lily King

The Swan Gondola” by Timothy Schaffert

Benediction” by Kent Haruf

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast

The Dismal Science” by Peter Mountford

During The Reign of The Queen of Persia” by Joan Chase

The Empathy Exams” by Leslie Jamison

In Paradise” by Peter Matthiessen

The Red Road” by Denise Mina

Your Top Summer Reads (From Callers, Comments, Facebook and Twitter)

“Consuming The Word” by Scott Hahn

The Son” by Jo Nesbo

The Director” by David Ignatius

Flash Boys” By Michael Lewis

We Learn Nothing” by Tim Kreider

The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde

Inside the Soul-Crushing Corporate Machine” by Peter Kynikos

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” by Annie Dillard

Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King

The Rider” by Tim Krabbe

The Mosquito Hours” By Melissa Corliss DeLorenzo

The Romanov Sisters” by Helen Rappaport

The Guns At Last Light” by Rick Atkinson

A Bird On Water Street” by Elizabeth Dulemba

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain

Capital In the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Piketty

A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole

Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel

The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker

Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie

The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck

Mystic River” by Dennis Lehane

Nothing to Envy” by Barbara Demick

With the Old Breed” by E. B. Sledge

One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Monuments Men” by Robert Edsel

The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion

Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein

American Gods” by Neil Gaiman

Death in the City of Light” by David King

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt” by Edmund Morris

Paris 1919” by Margaret MacMilan

The Imperial Cruise” by James Bradley

Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

The Lemon Orchard” by Luanne Rice

The Finisher” by David Baldacci

The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

Mr. Owita’s Guide To Gardening” by Carol Wall

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Jul 29, 2015
Federal investigators respond to the scene of a shooting at the Grand Theatre on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. (AP)

Guns, background checks, and mass shootings. A new outcry over the system that decide who gets a gun and who doesn’t.

Jul 29, 2015
The transit area at Terminal 3 in Singapore's Changi Airport, ranked as the world's best airport by SkyTrax, a UK-based travel consultancy. (WikiCommons / Jay8g)

New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to be torn down and rebuilt. We’ll consider what makes a great airport now, and how the US stacks up to the global competition.

RECENT
SHOWS
Jul 28, 2015
A portion of the cover of Julia Pierpont's debut novel, "Among the Ten Thousand Things." (Courtesy Random House)

Writer Julia Pierpont is getting rave reviews for her debut novel — “Among the Ten Thousand Things” — about a marriage in crisis. She joins us.

 
Jul 28, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama, center left , and Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn review an honor guard at the National Palace in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia, Monday, July 27, 2015. (AP)

The United States and Africa. What we see in and beyond President Obama’s big visit.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Q & A: Scott Walker On The Iran Deal, Huckabee Comments
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker explains his opposition to the Iran Deal, his record of statewide electoral victory and why he feels he’s set to win the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.

More »
Comment
 
Q & A: Carly Fiorina On Trump, Sexism, And Being Cut From The GOP Debate
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of computer giant Hewlett-Packard, joined guest host John Harwood to talk Donald Trump, the upcoming Republican candidate debate and sexism in modern life.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The News: July 24, 2015
Friday, Jul 24, 2015

You all really, really love to listen to our week in the news segments (that’s great) and we wonder why. Plus: Alex Trebek can’t really sing, in case you were wondering.

More »
2 Comments