Summer Book Club: What Makes a Good Summer Read?

Friday, June 03, 2011

Whether your summer plans include a vacation to the beach or a "staycation" in your backyard, 'tis the season for relaxing and reading. Today we’re kicking off a summer-long book club. John, Celeste and a few Takeaway contributors have posted their their top five summer books on our blog. We’re starting our summer of reading with a conversation about summer books, both from a reader’s perspective and from a publisher’s perspective.

With us here in the studio is Patrik Henry Bass, Takeaway contributor and senior editor at Essence magazine. Also with us is Jason Boog, publishing editor at Mediabistro and editor of publishing blogs Galley Cat and eBookNewser.


Patrik Henry Bass and Jason Boog

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [5]

I recommend "Perfect Life" a novel by Jessica Shattuck. Since the time from Bertrand Russell's essay “Scientific Outlook” till today humanity strives to control how/who is born, and in this novel the topic is taken on a more personal and main stream perspective.

Jun. 15 2011 10:18 PM
Helen Harrison from Sag Harbor, NY

I recommend "Lee Krasner: A Biography," by Gail Levin, a penetrating portrait of one of the art world's great characters. Born into a working-class immigrant family, she rose through the ranks of the WPA to become a major abstract painter and an icon of the feminist movement. Along the way she married Jackson Pollock, but their 14 year relationship was only one chapter in a story that spans the defining period of American art, when it emerged from the shadow of European modernism to lead the international vanguard. Levin has done a masterful job of illuminating this fascinating woman's life and times.

Jun. 06 2011 09:49 AM
Dick of Morristown, NJ from Morristown, NJ

Where's the list???

Jun. 03 2011 08:02 AM

@robert levine The link has been added.

Jun. 03 2011 07:45 AM
Robert Levine

I can't find a list of today's recommended books????

Jun. 03 2011 07:38 AM

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