Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer Reads from Three Bloggers

Porter Square Books

-- a BOTNS Boston event --

Interior of the Porter Square Bookstore

When: June 3, 2011
Where: Cambridge, MA
Porter Square Books

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Three bloggers shared their best recommendations for summer reads with us:

Melanie writes, but also blogs. Though she usually reads and writes fiction, Melanie recommended two nonfiction memoirs for summer reads:

  1. A Widow's Story: A MemoirA Widow's Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates

  2. Art and Madness: A Memoir of Lust Without ReasonArt and Madness: A Memoir of Lust Without Reason by Anne Roiphe

Marie buys books at bookstores like rest of us, scanning shelves and tables for something to catch her eye. Summer Reads for her are big, enveloping books that bring you somewhere new. Melanie recommended three books and you can see what she says about her choices here:

  1. The Invisible BridgeThe Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

  2. Asta in the WingsAsta in the Wings by Jan Elizabeth Watson

  3. HeliopolisHeliopolis by James Scudamore

Ann Kingman has found her calling as a podcaster. When she starts telling of her summer reads, her voice becomes slow and honeyed. One settles back for storytime, and when she says, "I just couldn't put it down," we know we must see these books:

  1. Hellhound On His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His AssassinHellhound On His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin by Hampton Sides

  2. The Snowman (Harry Hole, #7)The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

  3. The SparrowThe Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

  4. The Last WerewolfThe Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

Finally, some listeners at the gathering wanted to make their recommendations for summer reads:

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  1. This was a great event! I was the one who loves Bill Bryson, who is my personal hero. I had the good fortune to briefly meet him at the Boston Book Festival this past October—AND shake his hand!

  2. Trish, thank you so much for coming, for this great post and for commentin gon my blog. I'm so sorry it's taken me forever to get back to you; I'm kind of hopeless sometimes! If you want to say hi I will be at the Salem Literary Festival on a panel with other book bloggers. Hope you can make it! :-)