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What Are Your Summer Reads

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.
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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.
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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 .
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Aug 5, 2007 — When U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings gets time to read, she likes to escape reality. This summer, the former Texas education lobbyist is reading books that take her from the wilds of North Dakota to ashrams in India and islands in Indonesia.
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Jul 15, 2007 — At just 33, playwright Sarah Ruhl has already had her plays produced on the country's most important stages. But she still finds time to read Goodnight Moon. She shares what's on her reading list this summer.
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Jul 8, 2007 — Robert Smith talks to Bill Robinson, a correctional officer and guide in Maine, about the titles in his stack of books this summer. They include books about the Civil War.
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Jul 1, 2007 — Liane Hansen continues her summer reading series with Sidney Kaser, of Denver, Colo. Kaser says as a Westerner, she is drawn to books where the landscape becomes almost a character in the story.
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Jun 23, 2007 — Carol Stoudt, the first female brewmaster in the U.S., oversees Stoudt's Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa. Frequent travel for work — and inspiration from her family — keeps her reading despite a busy schedule running a microbrewery.
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Jun 3, 2007 — Witold Rybczynski, who is writing a memoir about his immigrant parents, has books evoking the atmosphere of World War II on his summer reading list. Rybczynski, a noted author and critic of urban planning, received the 2007 Vincent Scully Prize for Architecture.
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May 27, 2007 — Eve Tallman, director of the prize-winning Grand County Public Library in Moab, Utah, kicks off our annual summer reading series with a handful of books she's set aside for the season.
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