Summer books: Reader recommendations

  • Updated: May 30, 2014 - 3:25 PM

I’ve cleared my bedside table and repopulated it with Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” books in anticipation of summer and the premier of the Starz TV series. Romance! Passion! Adventure! Just right for the coming months.

Barb Zimmerman, Cologne, Minn.


I suggest “The Time in Between,” by Maria Dueñas (translated by Daniel Hahn), a novel about a young seamstress coming of age in Spain (with scenes in Portugal and Morocco) between the World Wars. It shows the shifting political sands as Franco comes to power after the Spanish Civil War and the German Reich seeks to draw the country in as an ally to Germany.

Betsy Cussler, Edina


I think everyone should read “Unbroken,” by Laura Hillenbrand. It is the most amazing true story and can only be described as a testament to the human spirit. The book is beautifully written, gets your attention from the first page and never lets up.

Maribeth Kelly, Apple Valley


“Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President,” by Candice Millard, is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It explains in great detail the assassination of President James A. Garfield. I couldn’t put it down!

Brad Harju, Anoka


Nonfiction: “Wild,” by Cheryl Strayed. Minnesota woman hikes from Southern California to Washington. Interesting information for hikers and exciting adventures.

Sci-fi: “The Devereaux Disaster,” by Steve McEllistrem. The second book in this trilogy has thrilling battles and addresses philosophical and social issues that are always relevant.

Self-help: “Bringing Up Bébé,” by Pamela Druckerman. Comparison of French parenting with American parenting (result: French kids are less spoiled).

Light romance: “The Overnight Socialite,” by Bridie Clark. Simple, fun and heartwarming.

Fiction: “Maine,” by J. Courtney Sullivan. Well-written story about a summer home in Maine and the relationship issues surrounding the owners. Also, “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn (everyone liked this mystery); “A Wanted Man,” by Lee Child (I could not put this book down), and “Zoo,” by James Patterson. A creative thriller that is a little bit scary.

Dick Croft, Minneapolis


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