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Summer reading: 60 titles for 92 days

Having trouble deciding what to read this season? Let us help you with a selection, made by the Times' book editors, of forthcoming titles.

June 06, 2010
(For The Times )

JUNE

Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl
Daniel Pinkwater
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pinkwater brings a magical realist perspective to YA fiction in the third volume of the series that begins with "The Yggyssey" and "The Neddiad."

The Clock Without a Face
Gus Twintig
McSweeney's
This fable for kids includes riddles and a real-life treasure hunt: Nine of the 12 emerald-encrusted clock numbers buried across the U.S. remain to be found.

Colossus
Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century
Michael Hiltzik
Free Press

A history of Hoover Dam by The Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist.

Extra Lives
Why Video Games Matter
Tom Bissell
Pantheon

A look at video gaming from the inside — by the award-winning author of "The Father of All Things."

Frankenstein
Lost Souls
Dean Koontz
Bantam

A spin on the gothic masterpiece has the scientist plotting to use stem cells and nanotechnology to create a superhuman race.

Freedom Summer
The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy
Bruce Watson
Viking

A look back at the most violent time and place of the Civil Rights movement — Mississippi in the summer of 1964.

Furious Love
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century
Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger
Harper

Chronicle of the 50-megaton relationship of Burton and Taylor.

Go, Mutants!
A Novel
Larry Doyle
Ecco

What happened to the offspring of all those aliens who invaded Earth in 1950s science fiction movies? They grew up on Earth and went to school, of course.

The Hour
A Cocktail Manifesto
Bernard DeVoto
Tin House

A reissue of a 1950 concoction — one part celebration, one part history, two parts manifesto.

How Did You Get This Number?
Sloane Crosley
Riverhead

A second volume of humorous essays by the author of "I Was Told There'd Be Cake."

The Hundred Year Diet
America's Voracious Appetite for Losing Weight
Susan Yager
Rodale

Where did this nation's caloric quest come from? The author wants to know.

I Know I Am, but What Are You?
Samantha Bee
Gallery

Essays by "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" correspondent and comedian.

Imperial Bedrooms
A Novel
Bret Easton Ellis
Alfred A. Knopf

The characters of "Less Than Zero" are approaching middle age — and are just as disillusioned and tormented as they were 25 years ago.

In My Father's House
A Novel
E. Lynn Harris
St. Martin's

A hot Miami modeling agency is the scene of the late author's final novel.

Insatiable
A Novel
Meg Cabot
William Morrow

Vampires take over more than the storyline for a New York City soap opera writer.

Jung the Mystic
Gary Lachman
Tarcher/Penguin

How the Swiss psychologist lived a life rich in the paranormal.

Kraken
A Novel
China Miéville
Del Rey

A prize squid specimen in London's Natural History Museum disappears. Was it stolen, or is it a god?

The Lion
A Novel
Nelson DeMille
Grand Central

Asad Khalil — a.k.a. international terrorist the Lion — returns and federal agent John Corey is hot on his trail.

Nine Lives
In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
William Dalrymple
Alfred A. Knopf

Followers of the subcontinent's many and varied religions together weave a portrait of the country.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
A Novel
Aimee Bender
Doubleday

Bender's second novel involves a girl who cannot eat without tasting the emotions of whoever prepared the food.

Role Models
John Waters
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

The filmmaker offers his gallery of icons — and breaks a few taboos in the process.

Smothered in Hugs
Dennis Cooper
HarperPerennial

The first collection of essays and cultural criticism by Los Angeles' own dark genius.

The Spot
David Means
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

New short stories from an L.A. Times Book Prize winner.

Telling Times
Writing and Living, 1954-2008
Nadine Gordimer
W.W. Norton

A collection of autobiography, travel pieces, dispatches on the horrors of apartheid and literary essays by the Nobel laureate.

This Is Where We Live
A Novel
Janelle Brown
Spiegel & Grau

The author of "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything" looks at a marriage under pressure in bohemian L.A.

You Never Give Me Your Money
The Beatles After the Breakup
Peter Doggett
HarperOne
The story of the aftermath of the greatest band in the history of rock 'n' roll.

JULY

The Cookbook Collector
A Novel
Allegra Goodman
Dial Press

Goodman's new novel revolves around two sisters in their 20s, one practical and the other a romantic, as they come together and drift apart.

Dear Darkness
Poems
Kevin Young
Alfred A. Knopf

Not for the meek or indifferent: poetry (in a paperback reissue) full of attitude and brazen insights.

The Disappearing Spoon
And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of the Elements
Sam Kean
Little, Brown

That mystifying chart on the wall in high school chem class, decoded.

Discord's Apple
A Novel
Carrie Vaughn
Tom Doherty/Tor

Why is a dying man hiding wondrous objects from myth and legend in his basement?

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