Books for Vacations, Escapes, and Getaways of All Kinds: Summer Reading Suggestions from Nancy Pearl

Jul 8, 2014

On this installment of ST, we welcome back Nancy Pearl, our longtime book reviewer. Nancy is a former librarian --- and former Tulsan --- who's also a bestselling author, editor, critic, and book advocate. She's also the former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library. She can be heard on NPR's Morning Edition, where she regularly offers good-reading tips, and her wide-ranging, well-researched recommendations have also been collected into the ongoing and highly popular "Book Lust" series of volumes. Here's a rundown of the page-turning titles that Nancy discussed with us today.

Chelsea Cain: "One Kick" and "Confessions of a Teen Sleuth"

Lea Carpenter: "Eleven Days"

Tim Horvath: "Understories"

Georgina Howell: "Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations"

Reif Larsen: "The Collected Writings of T.S. Spivet"

Emily St. John Mandel: "Station Eleven" and "Last Night in Montreal"

Phil Margulies: "Belle Cora"

Celeste Ng: "Everything I Never Told You"

S.J. Sansom: "Dissolution"

[And the following two books were also recommended by Nancy...although we didn't have time to discuss them.]

Peter Stark: "Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival"

Amanda Vaill: "Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War"