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Summer’s coming. For millions that means barbeque, beach, and for many, a good book — or five, or six, or all we can fit in the bag.

Choosing can be tough — like choosing a bottle of wine. So many out there, but what’s really good? Will old-standby authors deliver again? Will new ones delight and amaze?

We’re here to help — with a literary critic, a book review editor, and a bookstore manager — to give you a heads-up on their top picks for this summer. “Beat the Reaper.” “Little Bee.” “The Moonflower Vine.” And many more.

This hour, On Point: Top picks, summers reads, 2009.

You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Guests:

Joining us from New York is Liesl Schillinger, a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review, which published its annual summer reading issue this past Sunday. 

From Seattle, Wash., we’re joined by Jamil Zaidi, manager at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.

And from St. Paul, Minn., we’re joined by Laurie Hertzel, senior editor in charge of books coverage and book reviews at The Minneapolis Star Tribune.

More links:

This week The Wall Street Journal ran its summer reading list, “A Book Lover’s Summer.”

Here are our guests’ recommendations…

Liesl Schillinger:

EVERY MAN DIES ALONE, by Hans Fallada
LITTLE BEE, Chris Cleave
UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS, by Clive James (Newly re-released)
LOWBOY, by John Wray
FAMILY PLANNING, by Karan Mahajan
LOSING MOM AND PUP, by Christopher Buckley
OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell
THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
OUT OF MY SKIN: A NOVEL, by John Haskell
THE FAMILY MAN, by Elinor Lipman
THE TALL BOOK, by Arianne Cohen
I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI, by Giulia Melucci
THE GARRICK YEAR, by Margaret Drabble
A HERO OF OUR TIME, by Mikhail Lermontov, trans. by Natasha Randall

Jamil Zaidi:

THE SELECTED WORKS OF T.S. SPIVET, by Reif Larson
THE WAY THROUGH DOORS, by Jesse Ball
BEAT THE REAPER, by Josh Bazell
THE DARK SIDE OF LOVE, by Rafik Schami
THE GIVEN DAY, by Dennis Lehane
WONDERFUL WORLD, by Javier Calvo
THE HOUSEKEEPER & THE PROFESSOR, by Yoko Ogawa
THE ANGEL’S GAME, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (On Sale 6/13)
CHILD 44, by Tom Rob Smith
THE SECRET SPEECH, by Tom Rob Smith
THE DARK VOLUME, by Gordon Dahlquist (Third in a series)
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson
DROOD, by Dan Simmons
WANTING, by Richard Flanagan
THE LAST DICKENS, by Matthew Pearl

Laurie Hertzel:

I DO NOT COME TO YOU BY CHANCE, by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
THE MOONFLOWER VINE, by Jetta Carleton
THE HOUSE AT SUGAR BEACH, by Helene Cooper
THE SOUL THIEF, Charles Baxter (New in paperback)
READING THE OED, by Ammon Shea
THE FROZEN THAMES, by Helen Humphreys
THE NINETEENTH WIFE, by David Ebershoff
THE RED CONVERTIBLE, by Louise Erdrich
STARVATION LAKE, by Bryan Gruley
IRREPLACEABLE, by Stephen Lovely
A SHORT WALK IN THE HINDU KUSH, by Eric Newby

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