I haven't found any terrific books this summer, unlike last year with the new Harry Potter book and "The Historian". I'm even thinking about re-reading "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" but that might be a book that isn't as good as the second time as the first. Oh well. I did enjoy "The Eight" by Katherine Neville, which was a nice, intellectual break during my "DaVinci Code Wannabe" a thon.
I just finished a book called "The Abortionist's Daughter" that I really liked. It was very much in the style of Chris Bohjalian, another writer who takes on serious topics from a 'this is what happens to an individual' point of view. Part murder mystery and part study of a daughter and her parents, it really sucked me in.
I also enjoyed two non-fiction books, but these might not be to everyone's taste. First was a book called "Hard Sell", which was written by a former prescription drug salesman of what it is like to be, well, a drug salesman. Since my academic research addresses drug advertising, it was interesting to read more about that side of the industry. Second was a book called "Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be", which is a memoir by Jen Trynin, who was/is an 'indie' recording artist who was 'wooed' by a number of record companies in the mid-90s and was destined to be the 'next big alternative rock chick'. It's her story of a very crazy year, and as you probably haven't heard of her you might imagine how it ends. I think Alanis Morrisette ended up being 'the next big...' of that year.
So, I'm still looking for good books if you have any thoughts!