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Continued: Summer books: Reader recommendations

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In our highly politicized society and in this election year, I recommend “Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialog” by Robert Jensen, It will help you analyze key issues, shape your arguments and understand others’.

Willard B. Shapira, Roseville


“Grayson,” by Lynn Cox. I read this book every summer. It is a little book with a huge message of persistence and triumph, one that touches my soul every time I read it. By far, my favorite read! I think your readers would love it, too.

Linda Spyhalski, Elk River


“The Weight of Blood” by Laura McHugh. A great “rural noir” written by a young mid-Missouri writer. It’s her debut novel and making waves.

Marcia Krech, Jefferson City, Mo.


While I was teaching high school English, I had little time to read anything other than student papers. However, I looked for something “delicious” to read in the summer. My favorite was probably A.S. Byatt’s “Possession.” Now retired, I am continuing this practice and have purchased Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” for summer. It’s been on the bestseller list for months (and won the Pulitzer Prize). Num, num!

Sonja Anderson, Eden Prairie


Peter Swanson, “The Girl With a Clock for a Heart.” The book’s cover announces a “ twisty, sexy, electric thrill ride” and does not disappoint — a different mystery/con artists story.

Emily Giffin, “Love the One You’re With.” A chance encounter with a past lover challenges Ellen to examine her marriage, friends and career. This book addresses the fate of many successful couples. Whose career is more important? Who should be expected to roll with changes in that life?

Gail Maifeld, Burnsville

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