Summer reading doesn’t have to be a mindless escape. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but with so many books available, it seems a bit of a waste to limit reading to pulpy tales of sex and adventure. With that in mind, the features staff of the American-Statesman has selected books of literary merit that will not only entertain but also nourish your soul this summer.
Pam LeBlanc looks at a thrilling trip through the Grand Canyon, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin delves into the poignant short stories of Lily Tuck, Nancy Flores writes about the latest from Isabel Allende, and Kathy Blackwell assesses an acclaimed new novel from Claire Messud. The books featured here also include historical novels, Civil War history, graphic novels and a history of Elizabethan England.
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