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Alan Cheuse's Summer Book Picks

You know the song by The Jamies: "Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime" When we sing or hum it, we joyously celebrate good old American hell-with-it-all anti-intellectualism. As The Jamies say, "Well shut the books and throw 'em away. And say goodbye to dull school days."

Except that most of us who care deeply for our lives open the books whenever we find the time, and summer usually offers more time than other seasons.

So, twist The Jamies' lyric a little bit is what I say: Say goodbye to dull school days, and consider some of these recommendations for books that, in some cases, I've been storing up during the winter to pass along to you for the coming summer months.

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Alan Cheuse died on July 31, 2015. He had been in a car accident in California earlier in the month. He was 75. Listen to NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamburg's retrospective on his life and career.