We open the phone lines to get listeners’ choices for a good summer read. What are your picks? Call us, or leave your recommendation in the comments section below.

Below is a list of the books mentioned on the show:

  • Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades — Robert Spencer
  • Super Sad True Love Story — Gary Shteyngart
  • Island Beneath The Sea — Isabel Allende
  • Solar — Ian Mcewan
  • When I Stop Talking You’ll Know I’m Dead — Jerry Weintraub
  • The Given Day — Dennis Lehane
  • Generation of Vipers — Philip Wylie
  • Lamb — Christopher Moore
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad — Jennifer Egan
  • Hitch-22 — Christopher Hitchens
  • Matterhorn — Karl Marlantes
  • The Things They Carried — Tim O’Brien
  • The Quiet American — Graham Greene
  • The Lost City of Z — David Graham
  • The Great Controversy — Ellen White
  • Alexander Hamilton — Ron Chernow
  • Let the Great World Spin — Colum McCann
  • Collapse — Jared Diamond
  • Watermark — Vanitha Sankaran
  • The Rebirth of Environmentalism: Grassroots Activism from the Spotted Owl to the Polar Bear — Douglas Bevington
  • By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives — Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson
  • In Cheap We Trust — Lauren Weber
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — Stieg Larsson
  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex — Mary Roach
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void — Mary Roach
  • The Help — Kathryn Stockett
  • The Shadow of the Wind — Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water — Marc Reisner
  • Guide To California Planning — William Fulton
  • Have a Little Faith — Mitch Albom
  • Faucet of Tears — Helen Chernisky
  • Presumed Innocent — Scott Turow
  • Mardi — Herman Melville
  • Too Big to Fail — Andrew Ross Sorkin
  • On the Brink — Henry Paulson
  • Big Short — Michael Lewis
  • Ill Fares the Land — Tony Judt
  • Once An Eagle — Anton Myer
  • An American Type — Henry Roth
  • I Curse the River of Time — Per Petterson
  • Eaarth — Bill McKibben
  • Ultimate Sacrifice — Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann
  • River of Doubt — Candice Millard
  • The Blue Orchard — Jackson Taylor
  • The Marriage-Go-Round — Andrew Cherlin
  • The Mapping of Love and Death — Maisie Dobbs
  • Eating Animals — Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Spirit Level — Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
  • Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter — Tom Bissell
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Oakhurst Irregulars — Berton D. Garey
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    What’s on Your Summer Reading List? 31 May,2010forum

    Oscar Villalon, former book editor for The San Francisco Chronicle

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