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Summer Reading

As summer 2012 begins, I wanted to share 20 books I plan on reading this summer
(which I will update with links to reviews as I read).
  1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac, the defining novel of the Beat Generation of the 1950sPOST
  2. The Magician King by Lev Grossman, the sequel to The Magicians (post here), about Quentin and Julia's adventures in Fillory, POST
  3. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, hallmark novel in American literature, a tale of adventure, POST
  4. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, "story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles - and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined." I couldn't get through it, eek!
  5. Hero by Perry Moore, about Thom Creed, a boy with super powers who has a rocky relationship with his father, POST
  6. The Submission by Amy Waldman, jury choses a memorial for the 9/11 attack only to find out the architect they chose is Muslim (fiction), POST
  7. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinback, another landmark American novel about a family of Okies during the Great Depression, POST
  8. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown, when NSA's code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls in Susan Fletcher, who discovers something big, POST
  9. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemmingway, hailed as one of "the best war novels of all time", it tells the story of an American during the Spanish Civil War, POST
  10. The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurty, a coming of age story in a small town, POST
  11. The Dubious Salvation of Jack V. by Jacques Strauss, a novel about 11yr old white boy, Jack, living in Johannesburg during apartheidPOST
  12. Primary Colors by Anonymous, a "look behind the scenes" in American politics, POST
  13. The Chosen by Chaim Potok, the story of two fathers and two sons "and the pressures on all of them to pursue the religion they share in the way that is best suited to each", POST
  14. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, about a boy born at the stroke of midnight as India got her independence, and how his health is bound to that of his country, POST
  15. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway, about a young musician determined to play his cello at the site of a mortar attack, his story interweaving the lives of four strangers, POST
  16. The Last Life by Claire Messud, a novel about the history of a French American family, narrated by a young woman with a "ruthless regard for truth", POST
  17. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, the story of a man who turned himself invisible and becomes crazy. A hallmark science fiction novella. 
  18. Suite Francaise by Iréne Némirovsky, a book written during the Holocaust only to be discovered 64 years after the author was killed at Auschwitz
  19. Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward, an inside look at Obama's presidency
  20. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan, a mystery about a man hoping to escape his past
If you have any suggestions, please, feel free to comment!
Happy summer! 

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