Summer reading list
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The Invisible Mountain
by Carolina De Robertis (Knopf, 384 pp., $24.95)
The lives of three women are intertwined with a portrait of the nation of Uruguay. This is the first novel by the author, who was raised in England, Switzerland, and California by Uruguayan parents.
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Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment (Pantheon, 208 pp., $23)
How far would you go to save a beloved dog? That is the question retirees Alex and Ruth face when their elderly dachshund, Dorothy, needs help. This deft story brings together concerns about real estate, the media, urban living, and – of course – love.
True stories amaze in this summer’s NONFICTION titles.
The books jump from art theft to artillery, from Kashmir to Montana.
by Doug Stanton (Scribner, 416 pp., $28)
Shortly after 9/11, a small band of US Special Forces entered Afghanistan on horseback and, outnumbered 40 to 1, rode to war against the Taliban. Their story reads like a thriller.
Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook
by Ben Mezrich (Doubleday, 272 pp., $25)
How did two geeky undergraduates envision a company that would revolutionize human relationships? This is the remarkable story of how Facebook was created in a Harvard dorm room.
by Laney Sailsbury and Aly Sujo (Penguin Press, 352 pp., $26.95)
Travel from London to Paris to New York in this account of a con man and struggling artist who orchestrated one of the most far-reaching and elaborate deceptions in art history.
Strength in What Remains
by Tracy Kidder (Random House, 304 pp., $26)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder delivers the gripping story of Deo, a young medical student who fled the massacre in Burundi in 1994 fearing for his life. Against the odds, Deo made it to the US and overcame great obstacles to become a doctor. Kidder accompanies Deo as he finally makes the difficult journey back home.
The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana
by Rick Bass (Free Press, 224 pp., $26)
Rick Bass and his family are four of the 150 or so inhabitants of the half-million-acre region of Montana’s glorious, rugged Yaak Valley wilderness range. Bass, who is a noted nature writer, is lyrical as he writes of the spectacle that surrounds him daily.