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Summer Reading Suggestions

abstract:Look no further for your summer reading picks, as three of my favorite authors have new books out just in time: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseni, and Falling Man: A Novel by Don DeLillo. We've thrown in a sexy beach read and a beloved classic for good measure. Order any three online for ontime and free delivery.   

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May 28, 2007
Good for the Planet

When Barbara Kingsolver moved back to the Appalatian farm her family has owned for generations, she decided to live off of local food products just to see if it were possible to avoid purchasing food that had travelled hundreds of miles in trucks that consume zillions of gallons of diesal fuel—a noble experiment. After you read this book you might decide to join Kingsolver's passionate cause, and continue on the trend of "the hundred mile diet." Witness a year lived in sync with the season's ebb and flow and check the bibliography for organizations that support sustainable agriculture.  

Brilliant Storytelling Times Two

When Khaled Hosseini entered onto the literary firmament with his brilliant first novel, The Kite Runner people were skeptical he could do it twice. But the advance reviews are in and everyone agrees A Thousand Splendid Suns is another stunner. Set in his native Afghanistan as told from the perspective of two women over a forty-year span. Be one of the first to read this novel, because everyone you know will be following you.

DeLillo Writes 9-11

Many authors have tackled the trauma felt by people post 9-11, but DeLillo's new novel will bring an intimacy and understanding like no other. In a quirk of circumstances he first wrote about the north world trade tower some twenty-four years ago in his novel  Players published in '77. Falling Man contains similar themes of love, loss, infidelity, the world gone awry as in his magnum opus, Underworld the book that critics claim places as the second top American novel of the past twenty-five years.

Classic Korner

Penguin has its own category of modern classics that match popular bestsellers to tried-and-true mid-list titles from their archives.  Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf is compared to Middlesex, the latter also happens to be Oprah's next book group reading selection.



Gratuitous Beach Read

Belle de Jour CoverBelle De Jour by Joseph Kessel remains as sexy today as it was in the '60s when it was adapted for the cinema in a film that starred the beautiful Catherine Deneuve. Feminism and female sexuality collide when a frustrated housewife takes up part-time work in a brothel during the day to fullfill her fantasies. This title qualifies as sexy and classic.  

 

 

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