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Best Summer Books: 2018

With Anthony Brooks

From “The Great Believers” to “Calypso” and more, we’ve got your hot summer reads.


David Canfield, writer and reporter at Entertainment Weekly, where he contributes book reviews, and also reports and comments on the publishing industry. (@davidcanfield97)

Elena Nicolaou, entertainment writer at Refinery29, where she writes about books, television, and film. (@elenawonders)

Janet Webster Jones, owner of Source Booksellers in Detroit.

David Canfield’s List:

1. “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai

2. “Calypso” by David Sedaris

3. “Heads of the Colored People” by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

4. “The High Season: A Novel” by Judy Blundell

5. “Educated” by Tara Westover

Elena Nicolaou’s List:

1. “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai

2. “The Book of M: A Novel” by Peng Shepherd

3. “Circe” by Madeline Miller

4. “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou

5. “Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha)” by Tomi Adeyemi

Janet Webster Jones’ List (Source Booksellers Top Five Books):

1. “A Lucky Man: Stories” by Jamel Brinkley

2. “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

3. “MEM: A Novel” by Bethany C. Morrow

4. “Enemies In Love: A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance” by Alexis Clark

5. “Faith: A Journey For All” by Jimmy Carter


On Point Staff Picks:

  1. The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky” by Jana Casale
  2. Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel” by Jesmyn Ward
  3. Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons” by Mike Reiss
  4. The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq” by Dunya Mikhail
  5. Inspector Bordelli Mysteries (4 Book Series)” by Marco Vichi



Ah, summer time. Well, maybe the living isn’t as easy as the song promises. But there are some great summer books to dive into. Absorbing novels to read on the beach. Memoirs and histories to expand your mind. Guilty literary pleasures to help leave your world behind. Or maybe you want witty and funny – like those latest essays from David Sedaris. Whatever your pleasure, our summer reading panel’s got you covered.

This hour, On Point: What are you reading this summer?

– Anthony Brooks

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