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Summer reading list

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Free: The Future of a Radical price
by Chris Anderson (Hyperion, 288 pp., $26.99)
Worried about the future of the written word? Try picking up this thought-provoking work by digital futurist Chris Anderson (“author of “The Long Tail.”) Anderson’s intriguing proposal to embattled publishers: Start giving your product away free.

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In the Valley of the Mist
by Justine Hardy (Free Press, 224 pp., $25)
Journalist Justine Hardy puts a personal face on this troubled but beautiful region with a vivid, true account of a Kashmiri family and the way they have coped with 20 years of strife.

Book of William

by Paul Collins (Bloomsbury, 288 pp., $25)
Bibliophile Paul Collins narrates the history of Shakespeare’s First Folio, among the world’s most obsessively pursued books, across the centuries.

Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown
by Edmund L. Andrews (W.W. Norton, 220 pp., $25.95)
He was supposed to be an expert, yet economics reporter Edmund L. Andrews almost ruined himself with a subprime mortgage. Here he explains why he and others were so easily deceived.

It’s summer – bring on the THRILLERS. The good news: This year’s offerings look both intelligent and gripping.

The Tourist
by Olen Steinhauer (Minotaur, 416 pp., $24.95)
Charles Alexander has traded his unhappy life as a “tourist” (a CIA field agent with neither home nor name) for a desk job and a loving family. Then his past resurfaces and he’s forced to run for his life – and it’s not clear that he’ll ever be able to return. The book’s rave reviews have earned Steinhauer the ultimate compliment of favorable comparisons to John le Carré.

Wife of the Gods

by Kwei Quartey (Random House, 336 pp., $24)
Meet Darko Dawson, detective inspector at work in Ghana’s capital city of Accra. Darko may not have the sweetness of Precious Ramotswe, star of the “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” books, but like the popular Alexander McCall Smith series, this novel offers Western readers a window onto a fascinating and less familiar corner of the world. Here, Darko must travel to a remote village to investigate the mysterious death of a medical worker.