State of Affairs 2008 Summer Reading List

by Laura Ellis on June 17, 2008

Kelly Estep – Carmichaels

  • The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine  by Benjamin Wallace
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  • Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow

Randy Smith – Destinations

  • America America by Ethan Canin
  • A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter

Robert Gieszl – LFPL

  • The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
  • High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas
  • Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell

Other suggestions from guests and listeners:

  • Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • The Ground Beneath her Feet by Salman Rushdie
  • The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie
  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  • How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets by Garth Stein
  • Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  • Sutree by Cormac McCarthy
  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
  • Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel
  • Thud! A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
  • Going Postal: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
  • Guns, Germs & Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
  • The Labrador Pact by Matt Haig
  • The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey through Madness by Elyn R. Saks
  • So Brave, Young and Handsome by Leif Enger
  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  • Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D. Sachs
  • Wicked City by Ace Atkins
  • The Blue Nowhere by Jeffery Deaver
  • Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America by Geoffrey Canada
  • The Man Who Loved China: the Fantastic Story of the Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom by Simon Winchester
  • Migrant Daughter: Coming of Age as a Mexican American Woman by Frances Esquibel Tywoniak and Mario T. Garca

Comments Closed


Debbe Oberhausen June 18, 2008 at 1:20 pm

I am Rob’s manager at the library but this is really a personal comment.
I expressed my concern to Rob that there was only 1 woman author mentioned by your 3 panelists. Women author’s have been ignored throughout history but I would hope that in today’s world we would do a better job of giving them their equal due.
For instance: Tony Horowitz is married to Geraldine Brooks. She won the Pulitizer Prize for fiction for her novel “March”. She has a wonderful new book out called “People of the Book”.
I am in two book groups that concentrate on women authors. If any of my friends were listening I know that this would also be the first thing they noticed about the program. I hope that next year you will encourage your panelists to be more inclusive.

Thanks for doing this show every year. It’s great to highlight books and Rob really enjoys participating. He is a great representative of the library.

Debbe Oberhausen

Robin Fisher June 18, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Debbe – thank you for listening to State of Affairs! I book each show a little differently, because each show is unique in its own right. For the Summer Reading show my goal is to pick readers who are also somehow involved in the book business (over the years I have booked booksellers, librarians, book reviewers, authors, etc.). Part of the fun of the show is hearing what books the guests (and listeners) are excited about – without any restrictions. I understand your concern, but I don’t think for a Summer Reading show we should dictate to the guests what type of books or authors they pick. They are personal choices after all. I do wish you or any member of your group(s) had called in with suggestions, the more the better to add to my “gotta read” list!

Now, for other types of shows I would/do take a different approach. We recently did a show on First Time Authors and two of the three guests were female writers. If you have the time it might be worth a listen. If your book groups read mainly fiction, I think Dawn Shamp’s “An Account of Conspicuous Women” sounds pretty interesting.

Thank you for your comments – we truly enjoy hearing from our listeners.

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