Critics' Lists: Summer 2011
May 30, 2011 — Some of the best summers are those filled with journeys, reunions and good food — three themes that factor prominently in the books recommended by our independent booksellers.
Jun 25, 2011 — NPR's Lynn Neary taps three book critics — Laura Miller, Ron Charles and Rigoberto Gonzalez — to get their picks for the best summer reading.
Jun 23, 2011 — The librarian extraordinaire sorts through the piles of books in her office and comes up with 10 captivating tales. With strong narrative voices and wonderfully drawn characters, these books will make you stop and savor the story.
Jun 14, 2011 — These five sci-fi novels offer satisfying, intellectually chewy pleasures that are perfect for a summer afternoon.
Jun 30, 2011 — A good novel doesn't just transcend the boundaries of its target market — it knows nothing about target markets. Julianna Baggott recommends five "young adult" novels that will appeal to readers of all ages.
Jul 6, 2011 — Any one of these five sizzling new nonfiction books could be the next Hollywood blockbuster. Our advice? Read them all before the Hollywood execs do.
Jun 1, 2011 — Craving some cold-blooded thrills this summer? These detective novels offer twists and turns to help you beat the heat.
Jun 28, 2011 — Immerse yourself in these satisfying summer selections, from "new" India to post-"dot com" San Francisco to the streets of Brooklyn. Plus: a reissue of Kurt Vonnegut's novels and mysterious short fiction from E.L. Doctorow.
Jul 27, 2011 — Is there anything fresh to be found in a food memoir? Reviewer Susan Jane Gilman says yes — and to prove it, she recommends five excellent books that will quench your desire for amazing food and adventure this summer.
Aug 17, 2011 — For those readers looking to exercise their brains while lounging by the pool, this summer has some great reading options. These five engaging books are witty, smart and, best of all, a lot of fun.