Summer Reading 2014 on The Point with Mindy Todd

This morning on The Point with Mindy Todd we discussed summer reading choices, including Jill & Melanie’s suggestions, as well as a couple of listener suggestions.

Jill’s Picks


Eighty-Nine Good Novels of the Sea, the Ship, and the Sailor: a list compiled by J. K. Lilly

The Map Thief by Michael Blanding

The Shelf from LEQ to LES: adventures in extreme reading by Phyllis Rose

The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare

Summer: a user’s guide by Suzanne Brown

Tag, Toss, & Run: 40 classic lawn games by Paul Tukey & Victoria Rowell


The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio translated by Wayne A. Rebhorn (also mentioned in conjunction with The Decameron were Beowulf on the Beach by Jack Murnighan and the article by Joan Acocella called Renaissance Man: a new translation of Boccaccio’s Decameron which appeared in the Nov. 11, 2013 issue of The New Yorker.) There are many other translations of The Decameron if you want to give it try.

Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert

Thornyhold by Mary Stewart (It is Chicago Review Press that is reprinting many Mary Stewart titles, part of their Rediscovered Classics series.

Melanie’s Picks


The Closer by Mariano Rivera and Wayne Coffey

John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman

The Keillor Reader by Garrison Keillor

The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War by Tim Butcher


World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters

The Bees Laline Paull


Project Kid: 100 crafts to make with and for your kids by Amanda Kingloff

Be in a Treehouse by Pete Nelson

Also good (but lack of time this a.m.)

FaceOff thriller stories by wide variety of famous authors, edited by David Baldacci

A Woman’s Shed: Spaces for Women to Create, Write, Make, Grow, Think, and Escape by Gill Heriz

Cooking with Fire by Paula Marcoux

The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon

Listener Picks

Jerry suggested Five Days in London, May 1940

Betsy suggsted Sea of Grass by Conrad Richter and Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez.

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