Summer Books 2007
Aug 26, 2007 — Summer reader Laila Lalami is an observer of Islamic issues and current events on her blog, 'Moorishgirl-dot-com." She talks to Liane Hansen about her summer reading list.
Aug 19, 2007 — Max Magee, creator of the literary blog The Millions, talks about his summer reading picks. They include Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow and Pastoralia by George Saunders.
Aug 14, 2007 — John Updike's best-selling thriller is an unsettling depiction of a pious Muslim teenager from New Jersey who is led step by step into a terrorist plot. Updike says the book is about "a long struggle with doubt and a boy trying to keep his faith."
Aug 13, 2007 — In May, Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl pored through her shelves and pulled down several books that she said are read by a few but deserve wider attention. Well, there are more where they came from. Pearl is back with another armload of what she calls "under-the-radar" books.
Aug 12, 2007 — Luci Tapahonso is a poet and writer, known for her stories of growing up and living on the Navajo Nation in northwest New Mexico. Her summer reads include Yellowcake, by old high school friend Ann Cummins, and Elsie's Business by Lakota writer Frances Washburn .
Aug 10, 2007 — Rooted in the oral traditions of Southern folklore, Down Town tells the tale of a small town south of Atlanta, spanning from the end of the Civil War to more than a century later. Recommended by St. John Flynn, host of GPB's Cover to Cover.
Aug 10, 2007 — Days of the Endless Corvette is a celebration of small-town life. Atlanta author Man Martin describes his debut novel as "a story of true love, the mystery of life, and car repair."
Aug 10, 2007 — Aryn Kyle's debut novel describes one family's pursuit of prosperity through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl. HPPR's Stacy Clopton Yates calls it a "beautiful and heartbreaking story of isolation, family, class, love and death."
Aug 10, 2007 — Set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Between the Tides tells the story of a woman who must deal with her tragic past. Georgia Public Radio's St. John Flynn calls the novel, "Southern fiction at its best."
Aug 10, 2007 — Donald Mace Williams reveals the history behind the beautiful Renaissance-inspired artwork adorning a modest Catholic church in rural Texas. The pieces were created in 1945 by Italian prisoners of war, in an attempt to increase their food rations.