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Summer reading: The big list

May 22, 2011 |  1:01 pm


What is there to read this summer? L.A. Times book editors have selected no less than 203 new books that might be just the thing to bring to the beach. The list is made up of 38 page turners, 18 books on travel and the outdoors, 34 books of fiction and poetry, 30 books on current events, 15 quirky books, 23 biographies and memoirs, 16 history books, nine audio books and 20 books for children. Read the complete list.

Not all good books are new books, of course. We asked a few authors to tell us what they'd be reading after Memorial Day: See the variety of books Laura Lippman, Mark Kurlansky, Tayari Jones and Yunte Huang are planning on getting to this summer.

Also in Sunday's pages, book critic David L. Ulin remembers his summer reading: Jack Kerouac, Albert Camus, Joan Didion and Kurt Vonnegut. And Jessica Gelt weighs in with a summer reading memory of her own: Virginia Woolf.


Authors remember summer reads

Summer 2010: 60 books for 92 days

Summer 2009: 60 new books to read

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Reading in South Carolina, May 2011. Credit: Chris Miller via Flickr