Oprah’s Summer Reading

If Oprah says it’s her “Biggest, Best Summer Reading List Ever!”, who are we to disagree?

Like many other lists to date (see our links at the right, under “Books of Summer ’10 — Previews”), it includes The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, finding in it a particularly Oprahesque message; it “encourages us all to make the most of our unique gifts while still finding a way to live in the so-called real world.” Lemon Cake is on the upcoming NYT Extended Hardcover Fiction best seller list for the second week. At #18, it’s tantalizing close to breaking on to the main list; perhaps this will push it over the line next week.

The list of 20 titles includes not only new hardcovers, but some paperback reissues and Oprah Magazine’s own, Words That Matter (HarperStudio, 3/17), as well as Sloane Crosley’s “collection of weird and wonderful essays, ” Where Did You Get This Number (Riverhead, 6/15), which has been enjoying good press this week.

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