The Sound of Ideas Summer Reading List 2019

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Looking for a book to bring on your summer vacation? Below is the official 2019 The Sound of Ideas Summer Reading List comprised of smart, fun and suspenseful recommendations from our team, our listeners and a panel of authors.


Books by our panel of authors:

The Baby Thief (2008) by Barbara Raymond

Ill Will by Dan Chaon (2017)

The Dead Key (2015) and No One’s Home (2019) by D.M. Pulley

Romaine Wilder Mysteries by Abby Vandiver (2018-present)


Books our panel of authors recommends: 

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (2018)

The mystery novels of Agatha Christie (1920-1976)

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (2018)

Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias (2018) 

Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage by Bette Howland (2019) 

Tree of Smoke by Dennis Johnson (2007)

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (2018) 

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016)


Books our listeners recommend:

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)  

The Overstory by Richard Powers (2018) 

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014)

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (2019) 

Silent Patient by Alex Michaelidis (2019) 

The Library Book by Susan Orlean (2018) 

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero (2013) 

East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952) 

The Mueller Report (2019)

Educated by Tara Westover (2018) 

Song of Achilles (2012) and Circe (2018) by Madeline Miller 

The Gold Coast (1991) and The Gate House (2010) by Nelson DeMille

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (1989)

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (2014)

Mitford series by Jan Karon (1994-2017)  

Flourish by Martin Seligman (2011) 

Beastie Boys Book by Adam “ADROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond (2018) 

In the Distance by Hernan Diaz (2017) 

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (2015)

Freak Kingdom by Hunter S Thompson

Howard Stern Comes Again! by Howard Stern (2019)

Olive Kitteredge by Elizabeth Strout (2009)

A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais (2019)

NW by Zadie Smith (2012) 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen (2018)

Us Against You by Frederick Bachman (2017) 

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba (2013) 

Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell (2017) 

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (2018)

Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz (2019)

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (2019) 

An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago by Alex Kotlowitz (2019) 

The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Leviton (2014) 

Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg (2018) 

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (2018) 

Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson (2019)

Ballots and Bullets: Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland by James Robenalt (2018)

The Good Vices: From Beer to Sex, the Surprising Truth About What's Actually Good for You by Dr. Harry Ofgang and Erik Ofgang (2019)

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott (2018)

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