Friday, July 2, 2010

Summer Reads....Recommendations.... You'll surely find a book you can't put down!

In my email to you last week, I promised to make a list of summer reads recommended by you. Thanks for sending in your suggestions.... and here they are.

If you have other recommendations, send them to me at and I'll add them to the list.

From Vanessa Blakeslee: "My favorite summer read thus far has been My Name is Mary Sutter, by Robin Oliveira. The book just blew me away. Best historical fiction I’ve read in a long time."

Land Here? You Bet!

If you’re stuck close to home this summer and would like a vicarious adventure, you should pick up a copy of Land Here? You Bet! by St. Petersburg writer Sunny Fader.

Land Here? You Bet! is the true story of Ted Huntley, a twenty-year-old pilot who unexpectedly gets the opportunity to fly a mission mapping Alaska’s coast for the US Coast and Geodetic Survey team. Although bush pilots were required to land on inhospitable terrain like glaciers and water, Ted didn’t let his inexperience deter him. No matter what he was asked to do, he’d reply with his trademark, “You bet!”

Fly with Ted to places you’ve never been, and get to know an inspiring man who had the courage to chase his dream – and finally caught it.


Project June Bug

And here's another recommendation... This one from Sunny Fader:

"For me, a good summer read is a book that entertains with an engrossing story and characters that come alive. Project June Bug does that, and more.

"It is not difficult to understand why this well-crafted first novel by Florida writer Jackie Minniti is racking up awards. It weaves an entertaining tale about the travails of a quirky, dedicated teacher confronted by a bright, unruly student, a story that will resonate with teachers and many beleaguered parents. In the process of telling her story, Minniti subtly provides the reader with a new, constructive understanding of the challenging spectrum of attention deficit behavioral disorders.

"For a summer read that will leave you smiling, and wiser, I recommend Project June Bug."


Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World by Rita Golden Gelman

This suggestion is from Deborah Sharp, author of the Mace Bauer Mysteries:

"I'll be busy this summer with signings for my latest mystery (Mama Gets Hitched), so I won't have the chance to visit any of the far-flung locales covered in this collection of essays. That doesn't mean I can't read about them, in words and recipes by terrific chefs and world travelers (including my Fort Lauderdale-based friend, Victoria Allman, an author and chef on mega-yachts). Added benefit: Proceeds from the book will help better the lives of slum kids in India.

"The Red Umbrella,' a young adult novel by Christina Gonzalez.

To write this novel, Gonzalez drew from the experience of her own parents with Operation Pedro Pan, when 14,000 unaccompanied children were shuttled out of Castro's Cuba to live with well-meaning strangers across the USA. This airlift, as well as other waves of immigrants, exiles and refugees, helped shape southern Florida into the melting pot it is today. Gonzalez's novel paints the experience through the eyes of 14-year-old Lucia Alvarez, who lands with her younger brother in Nebraska, far from the family, culture, and Cuban home she had always known."


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