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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

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  • http://onpoint.wbur.org/about-on-point/sam-gale-rosen Sam Gale Rosen

    Roz Chast FTW.

  • DeMisty Bellinger

    It’s Timothy Schaffert, not Schaffers. It’s a great book, too!

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  • nkandersen

    We’re not sure what book you’re referring to, here, but we’ll see if we can figure it out!

    Best,

    nick andersen
    web producer | on point radio

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