Summer Books 2007: Excerpts
Aug 7, 2007 — C. David Heymann's highly readable biography gives us the Kennedy children as people, not national symbols. This book was selected by Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates for her midsummer reading roundup.
Aug 6, 2007 — Nancy Isenberg's years of research have yielded a very readable history of Aaron Burr, a complex, elegant man. This biography was selected by Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates in her late-summer reading recommendations.
Aug 6, 2007 — In an effort to perfect herself, Jennifer Niesslein decides to follow the advice of several professional advice-givers, and the results are alternatingly hilarious and head-scratching.
Jul 24, 2007 — Joshua Ferris' novel begins just as the economic boom of the 1990s is beginning to head south. Nancy Pearl says the book, which explores the meaning of work and identity, made her "feel good about the state of contemporary fiction."
Aug 7, 2007 — The plot of Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White pivots on fraud and identity theft — modern problems that turn out not to be so modern after all. Writer Jennifer Egan recommends the thriller, written in 1860.
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 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 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."
Jul 31, 2007 — Giorgio Bassani's tragic The Garden of the Finzi-Continis chronicles a wealthy Jewish family's struggle to keep change — and destruction — at bay in Mussolini's Italy. Recommended by author Dalia Sofer.
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.