11 excellent novels for summer reading


11. "The Buddha in the Attic," by Julie Otsuka

(Knopf Doubleday, 160 pp.) From the early 1900s up through World War II, novelist Julie Otsuka follows the lives of a group of “picture” (mail order) brides who travel to San Francisco from Japan and must create new lives for themselves in a strange country. (August)

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