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Charlotte Talks: Park Road Books' Sally Brewster Shares Her Summer Book Picks


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mike Collins talks with local independent bookstore owner Sally Brewster from Park Road Books about her picks for summer reading.

Sally Brewster's Top 10 Summer Book Picks

Money Rock: A Family’s story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South by Pam Kelley (on sale 9/25/18)
Sally says: Reporting and writing at its finest. What a page turner - especially for non-fiction.

What Luck, This Life by Kathryn Schwille (on sale 9/18/18)
Sally says: A novel set in a small town in east Texas. 15 characters in 15 chapters tell the diverse stories of life centering around the theme of the space shuttle explosion in the 1980’s.

Safe Houses By Dan Fesperman
Sally says: Dan is a Charlotte native (now living in Maryland) and he writes great espionage novels based on his international assignments.

Last Cruise by Kate Christianson
Sally says: The vintage ocean liner Queen Isabella is making its final run on a two week retro cruise from Long Beach to Hawaii and what happens is a fantastic read for those us landlubbers. A great book that straddles the line between a beach read and literary fiction.

Credit Erin Keever
Park Road Books' Sally Brewster

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
Sally says: A unique, compelling read about a Japanese woman who starts working in a convenience store in college and still works there eighteen years later. Learn why it sold 600,000 copies in Japan.

Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Sally says: Stella is smart enough to come up with algorithms to predict customer behavior but she has problems in the dating department. Being extremely logical, she decides to get professional help and hires a male escort. Light and fun.

Calypso by David Sedaris
Sally says: Who else can make essays about mortality and middle age funny but David Sedaris? Poignant but funny works of art about him and his family.

Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Sally says: The world needs a fun, distracting read at this moment and the winner of The Pulitzer Prize is just out in paperback.

Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin
Sally says: Rice Moore has found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. Its hard work, and totally solitary-- perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when Rice finds the carcass of a bear killed on the grounds, the quiet solitude he's so desperately sought is suddenly at risk.

Southernmost by Silas House
Sally says: Silas House explores the aftermath of a destructive flood in a small Tennessee town and an evangelical priest who opens his home to two gay men, forcing him to question his past, his prejudices, and everything he once held true.

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.