LA’s Summer Reading Guide (according to me)

Oceanside, CA June 2012

I’m an occasional contributor to the “Best of LA” section of CBS Los Angeles‘ website, and even more occasionally, I get the opportunity to make my contributions book-related. My first feature for the site, in August of last year, was a late-summer-reading roundup featuring books and authors with prominent Southern California connections.

I was pleased to be offered the chance to put together another summer-reading guide for 2012–and we got it done much earlier this year! Once again, the books and authors featured have a local/regional slant, but this year I’ve included a few selections that won’t be out until September (technically, that’s still summer, even if vacation’s over!).

Here’s a sneak peek at my list:

Model Home, by Eric Puchner
The Barbarian Nurseries, by Hector Tobar
When the Killing’s Done, by T.C. Boyle
The First Husband, by Laura Dave
How To Be an American Housewife, by Margaret Dilloway
So LA, by Bridget Hoida
The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker
The Next Best Thing, by Jennifer Weiner

Descriptions, links, and a few more of my book picks are in “LA’s Summer Reading Guide” at CBS Los Angeles–I hope you’ll go on over there to read more about them! And if you can think of any recommendations to add–books set in Southern California and/or by authors from around here–please mention them in the comments.

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