Summer Reading Picks With Mitchell Kaplan From Books And Books

Jul 2, 2014

07/02/14 - On Wednesday’s Topical Currents we’ll sit for a spell with Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books and co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International. He’ll tell us how he has become one of the country’s most successful independent booksellers and about his plans to venture into publishing. We’ll also get his recommendations for a good summer read. Join us and call in with your own suggestions on the next Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm.

TITLE      AUTHOR     CONTENT   Recomm


Bunny’s Dark Room Bunny Yeager

Architecture in Uniform Jean Louis Cohen WW II Building

A Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Gabrielle Zevin Account of bookseller in New England    Mitchell

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 Francine Prose How Nazis affect culture in pre-war Europe  Listener

The Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbert Historical Fiction end of 1700’s (author of Eat/Pray/Love)  Listener

Last Orders Graham Smith 

Experience growing up in Mississippi  Listener

Armadale Wilkie Collins Novel

Flying Shoes Lisa Howerth Unsolved murder in 1966     Mitchell

No Regrets Coyote John Dufresne Mystery

MaddAddam Margaret Atwood

100 years solitude Garcia Marquez

Fixione Naruda

Dance of the Reptiles Carl Hiassen Collection of columns    Mitchell

The Shock Doctrine Naomi Klein How politics shocks systems into change Listener

The Good Spy-The Life and Death of Robt. Ames   Kai Bird Compelling portrait of CIA Operative Mitchell

Flash Mob Robert O’Connell Comedy/Mystery  (Local Author) Listener

The Last of the Just Andre Schwarz-Bart Chronicle of Jewish persecution - Novel Listener 

TITLE      AUTHOR     CONTENT   Recomm


Natchez Burning Greg Iles Broad history of Mississippi (tough read) Mitchell

The Luminaries Eleanor Catton Parody of 19th century novel Bonnie

Remains of the Day kazuo ishiguro  Bonnie

One Summer, America 1927 Bill Bryson History of 1927  Listener

Inspirations Dr. Dwayne Dyer  Listener

Thunderstruck Erik Larson  Listener

The Silk Worm  Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) 

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers Tom Rachman books at its center

Mr. Mercedes Stephen King

All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr

Midnight in Europe Alan Furst WW II Atmospheric suspense

One Night in Winter Simon Sebag Montefiore

Fourth of July Creek Smith Henderson (like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road)

Lamb Christopher Moore 

War of the Whales Joshua Horowitz True story; environmental atty.

California Edan Lepucki California a little into the future post-apocalyptic  Mitchell

The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion Aspergers

The Orphan Masters Son Adam Johnson