NY Observer’s Summer Picks

Surely this has to be the last of the summer book picks. The New York Observer managed to squeak in their “Books of Summer” list before the Fourth.

With just ten titles, you’d think there’s be plenty of overlap with the ten other lists (see links, to the right), but no, the Observer picked five unique titles.

As one of the latest entries, the Observer has the advantage of including the hit of the summer, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Only three other lists selected it. USA Today gets the credit for spotting it first, in their list pubbed May 30th, followed by People, 6/30 and the July/Aug issue of O, the Oprah magazine.

Below are the titles unique to NY Observer‘s list:

Rites of Spring (Break)

Diana Peterfreund

  • Paperback: $10.00
  • Publisher: Delta (June 24, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385341938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385341936

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Somebody Else’s Daughter

Elizabeth Brundage

  • Hardcover: $24.00
  • Publisher: Viking, (July 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0670019003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670019007
  • CD: Unabridged, $90.00
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, July 22
  • Narrator: Bernadette Dunne (Amer.)
  • ISBN-10: 1415954925
  • ISBN-13: 9781415954928

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When We Were Romans

Matthew Kneale

  • Hardcover: $23.95
  • Publisher: Doubleday/Nan A. Talese (July 22, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385526253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385526258

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Schooled

Anisha Lakhani

  • Hardcover: $23.95
  • Publisher: Hyperion (August 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1401322875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401322878

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Haruki Murakami

  • Hardcover: $21.00
  • Publisher: Knopf (July 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307269191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307269195
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $19.95
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, (August 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1433243881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433243882
  • Audio Cassette: Unabridged, $19.95
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, (August 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1433243857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433243851

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The following was also picked by just one other source; the LA Times:

The Wrecking Crew

Thomas Frank

  • Hardcover: $25.00
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books (August 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0805079882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805079883
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $39.95
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio (August 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1427204543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427204547

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