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Late-Summer Reads to Squeeze In Before Fall

(Sept. 19, 2014: Please see the editor's notes below regarding author C. David Heymann.)

Most years, each show recommends books for summer reading. This year, I regret to say, we're a little behind. Happily, it's still summer, and a lot of you are taking late-summer vacations or devoting weekends to squeezing out the last bits of this lovely season, and we didn't want you to do it bookless. So below is Day to Day's suggested reading list for late summer books. We think you'll find them good company.

If you have a favorite we didn't include here, please drop us a line at DaytoDay@npr.org with SUMMER BOOKS in the subject line. Send in your message by Aug. 17 and we'll follow up to this page with the highlights.

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Karen Grigsby Bates is the Senior Correspondent for Code Switch, a podcast that reports on race and ethnicity. A veteran NPR reporter, Bates covered race for the network for several years before becoming a founding member of the Code Switch team. She is especially interested in stories about the hidden history of race in America—and in the intersection of race and culture. She oversees much of Code Switch's coverage of books by and about people of color, as well as issues of race in the publishing industry. Bates is the co-author of a best-selling etiquette book (Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times) and two mystery novels; she is also a contributor to several anthologies of essays. She lives in Los Angeles and reports from NPR West.