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Alan Cheuse's Summer Book Picks

May 29, 2009

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You know the song by The Jamies: "Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime" When we sing or hum it, we joyously celebrate good old American hell-with-it-all anti-intellectualism. As The Jamies say, "Well shut the books and throw 'em away. And say goodbye to dull school days."

Except that most of us who care deeply for our lives open the books whenever we find the time, and summer usually offers more time than other seasons.

So, twist The Jamies' lyric a little bit is what I say: Say goodbye to dull school days, and consider some of these recommendations for books that, in some cases, I've been storing up during the winter to pass along to you for the coming summer months.

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'Sonata Mulattica'

Sonata Mulattica, by Rita Dove. Hardcover, 224 pages, Norton. List Price: $24.95

'Lark & Termite'

Lark & Termite, by Jayne Anne Phillips, Hardcover, 272 pages, Knopf, List price: $24

'Shannon: A Poem of the Lewis and Clark Expedition'

Shannon: A Poem of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, by Campbell McGrath, Hardcover, 128 pages, Ecco, List Price: $23.99

'The Servants' Quarters'

The Servants' Quarters, by Lynn Freed, Hardcover, 256 pages, Norton, List Price: $24

'The Increment'

The Increment, by David Ignatius. Hardcover, 400 pages, W.W. Norton & Co. List Price: $26.95

'Road Dogs'

Road Dogs, by Elmore Leonard, Hardcover, 272 pages, Morrow, List Price: $26.99

'In Other Rooms, Other Wonders'

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin, Hardcover, 256 pages, W.W. Norton & Co., List price: $23.95

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