Sun, surf and a good book

May 19, 2006|By MICHAEL OLLOVE | MICHAEL OLLOVE,SUN BOOK EDITOR

Go ahead, start putting your summer-reading list together. If nothing else, it'll at least convince you that your vacation is just around the corner.

Some like to use their summers to dive into old and not-so-old classics. Satisfaction is guaranteed in Pride and Prejudice, Dracula, Anna Karenina, Catch-22 or Lonesome Dove. However, if your summer means taking chances, here are some of the notable new books that will be on shelves this summer:

The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson. A New York Times correspondent writes a thriller about a CIA operative who infiltrates al-Qaida.

Everyman by Philip Roth. An aging, badly behaved Rothian hero looks back with regret and longing but without apology.

Telegraph Days by Larry McMurtry. McMurtry returns to a familiar time, the tumultuous, dying days of the Old West.

Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs. This author of Running With Scissors returns with a collection of essays.

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan. An intimate portrait of a conflict that seems ceaseless.

Digging to America by Anne Tyler. Baltimore again, but with more multicultural strains than usual.

The Woman in the Row Behind by Frances Dormer. A bleak debut novel in which a woman who no longer excites her husband engages in illicit affairs.

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields. A biography of the reclusive author who wrote one spectacular American work and then nothing else.

Terrorist by John Updike. The great master takes on the most harrowing of current events in a novel about home-grown terrorism in the United States.

The Prisoner of Guantanamo by Dan Fesperman. Sun reporter returns with his fourth international thriller, this one based in a most controversial setting.

michael.ollove@baltsun.com

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