What Our Favorite Authors Are Reading This Summer

I sent out an email to author- friends asking what they are reading now and what’s “on deck.” I also asked if they’d like to share what they are working on. (some did some did not)

With such hectic schedules, I am so appreciative of the time they took to answer. So much effort goes into getting a book out to the reader that I’m glad to know  the writers make time for a fabulous read themselves.  Get ready to put more on your summer reading list. You’ve been warned!

Jodi Picoult author of The Storyteller

Currently reading – Written in my Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

Next up – The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

“This summer my daughter Sammy and I are writing the sequel to BETWEEN THE LINES, our YA book.”



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Caroline Leavitt author of Is This Tomorrow-

“I am reading and loving The Descent by Tim Johnston–literate gripping, haunting, amazing. A young woman vanishes on a mountain, and her family struggles to cope–even as she struggles to survive.”

“Next on my list is F: A Novel by Daniel Kehlmann, about three brothers and their vanishing Dad.”

“I am finishing Cruel Beautiful World, which is due to Algonquin in March–set at a time when the 60s turned ugly with the Manson Murders, it’s about a high school girl who runs off with her much older teacher to a back-to-the land-paradise, which turns into anything but.”



Twitter @leavittnovelist

Alyson Richman author of The Garden of Letters (Sept 2nd pub)

Currently reading – The Red Chamber by Pauline Chen

Next up – Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman

“Right now I’m working on: a novel about the 19th century courtesan Marthe de Florian and her relationship with the Italian portrait painter Giovanni Boldini. The novel is inspired by the recent discover of Madame de Florian’s treasure-filled apartment in Paris that remained untouched for over 70 years.”



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Pam Jenoff author of The Winter Guest (Aug 26th pub)

Currently reading – Shining Through by Susan Isaacs

Next up – Goodnight June by Sarah Jio

“I’m working on a book nominally titled Summer Boys about a fifteen year old Jewish immigrant girl who comes to Philadelphia alone in 1940 and finds herself immersed in the Irish Catholic Connally family that summers next door in Atlantic City. She finds first love with the eldest son, but the outbreak of war changes everything and when tragedy strikes close to home she flees to London.”



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Jenna Blum author of The Stormchasers

“Right now I’m reading GRAND CENTRAL. Yes, really! I confess: although I contributed a novella to this anthology masterminded by best-selling novelist Kristina McMorris & consisting of all novellas written by bestselling WW2-era female writers, all set in Grand Central Terminal on the same day in Sept., 1945, I didn’t read it all the way through until…today. On the plane. To our GRAND CENTRAL launch in NYC! But boy, did I cry on the plane to the point I worried the flight attendant thought there was something wrong with me. My sister-writers’ stories are all dedicated to grandparents and female pilots, great-uncles and soldiers, parents and those who lived through the war–all voices calling, “We remember. We remember.” I’m honored to be among them.”

“I just finished Peter Heller‘s phenomenal novel THE PAINTER and Joanna Rakoff‘s memoir MY SALINGER YEAR, both of which I loved!”



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Sarah McCoy author of The Baker’s Daughter

” I’m off to Europe for a wedding and Bavarian vacation with my family. With many plane hours to fill, I’m bringing a boatload of books with me. First up, my Crown sister Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s summer deliciousness Bittersweet.”

” To make my homecoming from vacation a pleasure, my amazing friend Edan Lepucki’s debut novel California will be waiting in my post box. The fabulous benefits of preordering! It arrives while I’ll be abroad, July 8.”

“I’m wrapping up the final design layout for my third novel The Mapmaker’s Children, releasing May 5, 2015 from Crown Publishing Group. I’m on pins and needles to share another contemporary-historical hybrid adventure with readers! Here’s a brief synopsis my international sales team is passing around:”

The Mapmaker’s Children is the story of Sarah Brown, the vibrant, talented daughter of abolitionist John Brown. Her conventional life trajectory is dynamically changed when she’s told the shocking news that she can’t bear children and stumbles into her father’s work on the Underground Railroad. Realizing that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the movement’s leading mapmakers. Since many runaways are unable to read and cannot carry obvious maps demarcating safe houses, Sarah takes her cues from the slave code quilts of her abolitionist colleagues, hiding her maps within her paintings. But joining the mission makes her a target for the same bigotry and hatred that led to the execution of her father and is steering the country toward a bloody civil war.

Interwoven with Sarah’s adventure is the present-day story of Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, who moves to an old house in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar—the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger and deliverance.

Ingeniously plotted to a riveting end, Sarah and Eden’s connection bridges the past and present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love and legacy in a new way. Like The Invention of Wings, The Orphan Train, and Sarah’s Key, this novel is book club gold!



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Erika Robuck  author of Fallen Beauty

” I just started a WWII novel, ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr, because five separate friends have recommended it to me, and three said it is in their top five books of all time.”

” I have Beatriz’ Williams THE SECRET LIFE OF VIOLET GRANT in my vacation bag because I adored her last novel, A HUNDRED SUMMERS.”

“I’m completing revisions on THE HOUSE OF HAWTHORNE, a novel of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, due for publication in May of 2015. It is the story of the marriage of two artists and what they sacrifice for their love of each other, set on a vast historical and geographical landscape.”



twitter- @ErikaRobuck

Karen White author of A Long Time Gone

Currently reading –  A PARIS APARTMENT by Michelle Gable

Next up –  THE SECRET LIFE of VIOLET GRANT by Beatriz Williams (or THAT SUMMER by Lauren Willig–whichever one my daughter hasn’t snagged first).

Working on – “another ‘grit lit’ book set in Beaufort, South Carolina.”



twitter -@KarenWhiteWrite

Ann Hood author of An Italian Wife (Sept 2nd pub)

Currently reading – ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr


Working on – “A new novel! It’s 200 pages young.”




WOW! Thanks,again, to all of you for sharing. Part 2 coming tomorrow!











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