Sunday, June 03, 2007

"Hot Reads for the Summer": An Aid to Book Selectors from the Chicago Tribune

When I saw that the Saturday Books section in the June 2, 2007 issue of the Chicago Tribune included a list "Hot Reads for Summer," I expected a list of light reading in paperback to take to the beach. Wow, I was really wrong! Kristin Kloberdanz lists 150 new and soon to be published books that voracious readers will enjoy. Readers are already asking libraries for some of these books (a look at my library system's catalog verifies), and as more are published in the next three months, they will return to the request desk.

The list includes 150 titles, fiction and nonfiction, and takes four pages. The fiction appears to include literary novels, short stories, first novels, and a few sure bet best sellers. I know that I want to read The Maytrees by Annie Dillard and The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball by Frank Deford. About one third of the list is nonfiction, and I see many titles to add to my reading list, including Chasing Kangaroos by Tim Flannery, Deluxe: How Luxury Lost It's Luster by Dana Thomas, At Large and at Small by Anne Fadiman, and Fanatic: 10 Things All Sports Fans Should Do Before They Die by Jim Gorant.

The reviews in this week's Books again feature new works by authors attending this year's Printers Row Book Fair. If you are not in the Chicago area, you can watch C-Span2's live coverage of the book fair on June 9 and 10.

I think you will be able to see the Books section as a pdf at the Chicago Tribune online without registering. It is worth a look. I ordered 18 books after I did.

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