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Summer Book Show

Monday, June 30, 2014

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Summer Book Show Dee Perry catches up with Wendy Bartlett, Robert Ethington and Suzanne DeGaetano again to spice up your bookshelves with their summer reading recommendations.

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Wendy Bartlett of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Bob Ethington of the Akron-Summit County Public Library and Suzanne DeGaetano of Macs Backs Paperbacks join us to share their picks for summer reading books.

Here are the lists of books that Wendy, Robert and Suzanne plan to discuss.

Dee’s Recommendation:
‘The Book of Duels’ by Michael Garriga

Wendy’s Fiction:
‘All the Light I Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr
‘Bellweather Rhapsody’ by Kate Racculia
‘The Queen of the Tearling’ by Erika Johansen
‘The Fortune Hunter’ by Daisy Goodwin
‘Natchez Burning’ by Greg Iles

Wendy’s Non-Fiction:
‘Violins of Hope’ by James Grymes
‘Take this Man: A Memoir’ by Brando Skyhorse
‘Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush’ by Geoff Dyer, with photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins
‘Margaret Fuller: An New American Life’ by Megan Marshall

Suzanne’s Fiction:
‘Radiance of Tomorrow’ by Ishmael Beah
‘Shotgun Lovesongs’ by Nickolas Butler
‘Through the Windshield’ by Mike DeCapite
‘Stolen Ones’ by Richard Montanari

Suzanne’s Non-Fiction:
‘Clean: From Reggae to Recovery’ by David Smeltz
‘Hard Way on Purpose’ by David Giffels
‘Pitching to the Pennant: The 1954 Cleveland Indians’
‘Men Explain Things to Me’ by Rebecca Solnit
‘Carsick’ by John Waters
‘El Deafo’ by CeCe Bell (a graphic novel due out in September)

Bob’s Fiction:
‘My Struggle, Book 3 - Boyhood’ by Karl Ove Knausgaard
‘Lost For Words – A Novel’ by Edward St. Aubyn
‘The Last Magazine – A Novel’ by Michael Hastings
‘One More Thing – Stories And Other Stories’ B.J. Novak
‘The Goldfinch – A Novel’ by Donna Tartt

Bob’s Non-Fiction:
‘Carsick’ by John Waters
‘The Third Plate – Field Notes on the Future of Food’ by Dan Barber
‘The Dylanologists – Adventures in the Land of Bob’ by David A. Kinney
‘The Hard Way on Purpose – Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt’ by David Giffels
‘The Splendid Things We Planned – A Family Portrait’ by Blake Bailey

Bob’s Vacation Reads:
‘John Cheever – A Life’ by Blake Bailey
‘The Stories of John Cheever’ by John Cheever
‘The Snow Leopard; Shadow Country’ by Peter Matthiessen
‘Selected Poems’ by Robinson Jeffers

Caller’s Recommendations:
‘The Bluest Eye’ by Toni Morrison
‘Escape from Camp 14’ by Blaine Harden
‘A Guide to the Good Life’ by William B. Irvine
‘The Black Count’ by Tom Reiss
‘Run to Deep Water’ by Peter Rupert


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Wendy Bartlett, Cuyahoga County Public Library

Robert Ethington, Akron-Summit County Public Library

Suzanne DeGaetano, Macs Backs Paperbacks

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