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Librarian Nancy Pearl Picks Summer's Best Books

Jun 19, 2009 (Morning Edition)

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Summer is a great time to cozy up with some good books, and, boy, do I have some fantastic suggestions for you!

The following are a few of my favorite recent reads. Despite their differences of plot, settings and genre, what I love about each one of these books is the same: the voice of the narrator. These narrators are so compelling, so engaging, so real that I resented each moment I wasn't reading them. I hope you enjoy their company as much as I did.

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'A Far Cry From Kensington'

A Far Cry from Kensington, by Muriel Spark, paperback, 192 pages, New Directions, list price: $12.95

'The Photographer'

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'The Gone-Away World'

The Gone-Away World, by Nick Harkaway, paperback, 592 pages, Vintage Contemporaries, list price: $15.95

'The Disreputable History Of Frankie Landau-Banks'

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart, hardcover, 352 pages, Hyperion Books CH, list price: $16.99

'What Happened To Anna K'

What Happened to Anna K, by Irina Reyn, paperback, 256 pages, Touchstone, list price: $14

'The Silver Linings Playbook'

The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick, hardcover, 304 pages, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, list price: $24

'The Color Of Lightning'

The Color of Lightning, by Paulette Jiles, hardcover, 368 pages, William Morrow, list price: $25.99

'Narrow Dog To Indian River'

Narrow Dog to Indian River, by Terry Darlington, paperback, 352 pages, Delta, list price: $15

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