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Summer Reading

SUMMER READING

We’re discussing the sanctuary that is summer reading today with our arts and culture contributors, Yu Jin Ko and Alicia Anstead. From Eat, Pray, Love, to Love in the Time of Cholera, we’ll talk through what makes for a supreme summer read. We also want YOU to share your books for this sunny season at our facebook page. (And become a fan if you're not already!) Below, you'll find our contributors' (and Callie's) picks...


Alicia Anstead's picks:
Stephen King's FULL DARK, NO STARS
Suzanne Collins' HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY
Tayari Jones' SILVER SPARROW
Erica Kennedy' FEMINISTA
Alistair MacLeod's NO GREAT MISCHIEF
David Mitchell's CLOUD ATLAS
Edouard Leve's SUICIDE
Jean Rolin's THE EXPLOSION OF THE RADIATOR HOSE
Classics:
George Eliot's THE MILL ON THE FLOSS
Gertrude Stein's THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALICE B. TOKLAS
Fun:
Robert B. Parker's MORTAL STAKES
Tina Fey's BOSSYPANTS
Poetry:
SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY: A WOMAN'S JOURNEY THROUGH POETRY edited by Caroline Kennedy

Yu Jin Ko's picks:
Keith Richards' LIFE
Janet Fitch's PAINT IS BLACK
Frederick Douglass' NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE.
Ian McEwan’s ON CHESIL BEACH and ATONEMENT
Ha Jin’s WAITING.
Kyung-Sook Shin's PLEASE LOOK AFTER MOM
Classics:
Edith Wharton's AGE OF INNOCENCE
Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) BABETTE'S FEAST
Fun:
Suzanne Brockmann’s TROUBLESHOOTERS series
Poetry:
Sharon Olds

Callie's picks:
Lorene Carey Novel's IF SONS, THEN HEIRS
Donald Bogle's HEAT WAVE: THE LIFE OF ETHEL WATERS
Jessica B. Harris' HIGH ON THE HOG: A CULINARY JOURNEY FROM AFRICA TO AMERICA
Manning Marable MALCOLM X: A LIFE OF REINVENTION
Isabel Wilkerson WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS
Fun:
The latest J.D. Robb myseteries: INDULGENCE IN DEATH and TREACHERY IN DEATH
Star Jones' SATAN'S SISTERS
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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