The Best Books: Summer Reading List


It's Summer! Time for sun, sand, sea, and a good holiday read.

The Best Books: Summer Reading List contains a mixture of summer reading classics with a few of the latest and greatest to hit the bookshelves.

1. You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation

By Deborah Tannen | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Women and men live in different worlds...made of different words.Spending nearly four years on the New York Times bestseller list, including eight months at number one, You Just Don't Understand is a true cultural and intellectual phenomenon. This is the book that brought gender differences in ways of ... More »

You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation
Umbrella

2. Umbrella

By Will Self | Under $1.00

"A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella."—James Joyce, UlyssesRadical and uncompromising, Umbrella is a tour de force from one of England’s most acclaimed contemporary writers, and Self’s most ambitious novel to date. Moving between Edwardian London and a suburban mental hospital in 1971, Umbrella exposes the ... More »

3. Invisible Cities

By Italo Calvino | Used Price: 70% Off

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from Invisible Cities In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol ... More »

Invisible Cities
The Potter's Field

4. The Potter's Field

By Andrea Camilleri | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

A New York Times bestseller, Winner of the Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary AwardWitty and entertaining, the Montalbano novels by Andrea Camilleri-a master of the Italian detective story-have become favorites of mystery fans everywhere. In this latest installment, an unidentified corpse ... More »

5. Lincoln

By Gore Vidal | Used Price: 80% Off

Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series spans the history of the United States from the Revolution to the post-World War II years. With their broad canvas and large cast of fictional and historical characters, the novels in this series present a panorama of the American political and imperial ... More »

Lincoln
The Book Thief

6. The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak | Under $1.00

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.Liesel Meminger is ... More »

7. The Music of Life: Biology Beyond Genes

By Denis Noble

The gene's eye view of life, proposed in Richard Dawkins acclaimed bestseller The Selfish Gene, sees living bodies as mere vehicles for the replication of genetic codes. But in The Music of Life, world renowned physiologist Denis Noble argues that, to truly understand life, we must look beyond ... More »

The Music of Life: Biology Beyond Genes
The Elephant's Journey

8. The Elephant's Journey

By Jose Saramago | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

A delightful, witty tale of friendship and adventure from prize-winning novelist José Saramago   In 1551, King João III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present: an elephant named Solomon. In José Saramago's remarkable and imaginative retelling, Solomon and his keeper, Subhro, begin in dismal conditions, ... More »

9. Bring Up the Bodies

By Hilary Mantel | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Winner of the 2012 Man Booker PrizeWinner of the 2012 Costa Book of the Year AwardThe sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne BoleynThough he battled for ... More »

Bring Up the Bodies
Love in the Time of Cholera

10. Love in the Time of Cholera

By Gabriel Garcia Marquez | Price: $0.01

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his ... More »


Author: David Thomson


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