Summer preview: Hot books for hot days

  • Article by: LAURIE HERTZEL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 4, 2012 - 12:03 PM

When temperatures soar, break out the novels and paperbacks. We have suggestions galore.

When the days grow longer and the sun burns hotter, our reading habits change. We look around for a book we can doze over, one we can drop without regret into the sand or the lake, one whose plot we can still follow if we have, perhaps, been sipping a gin and tonic or walking away frequently to flip burgers.

Mysteries, novels and all kinds of paperbacks are ripe for summer reading: This year offers, among others, a fat biography of the Kennedy women, a new Tana French police procedural and a fictionalized account of the scandalous life of Louise Brooks.

Star Tribune readers have recommendations, too, primarily of old reliables; they'll be spending the summer with Anthony Trollope, Nancy Drew and Charles Dickens. Turn inside for three full pages of reviews and suggestions, as well as profiles of two Minnesota fiction writers -- mystery writer Brian Freeman and chick-lit-vampire-humorist (no, really!) MaryJanice Davidson. And hey -- don't let those burgers overcook.

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