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Summer Books 2012!

Heavy hitters from Richard Ford to Dave Eggers to John Irving have new offerings. There are books on Bruce Springsteen, James Joyce and the Obamas and as the weather warms, you may want to read the steamy pages of Fifty shades of Gray. We’ll look at the books you’ll want to take with you to the beach the mountains or just as your lounging in your backyard for the summer of 2012 .


Dan Chartrand's Booklist


  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: A Novel by Ben Fountain
  • In One Person: A Novel by John Irving
  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel by Hilary Mantel
  • The Year of the Gadfly: A Novel by Jennifer Miller
  • The Song of Achilles: A Novel by Madeline Miller
  • An Uncommon Education: A Novel by Elizabeth Percer
  • The Lifeboat: A Novel by Charlotte Rogan
  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel by Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • The Watchers: A Novel  by Jon Steele
  • The Age of Miracles: A Novel by Karen Thompson Walker


  • The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy and King – The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea by Walter R. Borneman
  • The President’s Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy
  • Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure by Patricia Ellis Herr
  • A God In the House: Poets Talk About Faith Edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Katherine Towler
  • The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution For Women, Work, and Family by Madeleine M. Kunin
  • Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss
  • American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation by Eric Rutkow
  • A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver by Mark K. Shriver
  • Wild: From Lost To Found On the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  • The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O. Wilson

Best Local Book of January-June 2012

  • A Moment in Time by Jennifer Butenas

Other Great New Books by New Hampshire Authors

  • The Good Braider: A Novel by Terry Farish
  • Understories by Tim Horvath
  • Under the Isles of Shoals: Archaeology & Discovery on Smuttynose Island by J. Dennis Robinson with Illustrations by Bill Paarlberg
  • Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting In New Hampshire the Present, the Past, and the Future by Rebecca Rule
  • Continuous Container Gardens: Swap In the Plants of the Season to Create Fresh Designs Year-Round by Sara Begg Townsend & Roanne Robbins

In Memoriam

  • From the Box Marked Some Are Missing: New & Selected Poems by Charles W. Pratt 

Michael Herrmann's Booklist

  • Arcadia -  Lauren Groff
  • Love, An Index - Rebecca Lindenberg
  • Woolgathering -  Patti Smith
  • Fear of Music - Jonathan Lethem
  • As Texas Goes - Gail Collins
  • American Grown : The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens  - Michelle Obama
  • Cronkite - Douglas Brinkley
  • The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future - Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • Bring Up the Bodies - Hillary Mantel
  • Broken Harbor - Tana French (publishing end of July)
  • My Cross to Bear - Gregg Allman
  • The Orphanmaster - Jean Zimmerman
  • In One Person - John Irving
  • Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock and Roll - Marc Dolan
  • A Hologram for the King - Dave Eggers
  • Canada - Richard Ford
  • James Joyce, a New Biography - Gordon Bowker
  • Wild - Cheryl Strayed
  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened - Jenny Lawson
  • Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

New in paperback

  • A Death in Summer - Benjamin Black (aka John Banville)
  • State of Wonder - Ann Patchett
  • Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach
  • Night Strangers  - Chris Bohjalian
  • Blue Nights - Joan Didion
  • Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes
  • World on Fire - Amanda Foreman
  • The Borrower - Rebecca Makkai
  • Maine - J. Courtney Sullivan
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