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Old 05-14-2009, 07:45 PM   #1
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USA Today's Summer Book List

Last week, my hotel left a copy of USA Today at my room door and I noticed that the lead article in the "Life" section was about the best books to read over the summer. Interestingly, the books were not those currently available, but the ones that will be released in April through August. And, USA Today has posted a calendar online to help its readers keep up with the summer's new releases. I thought it might be fun to track these books and see which of them are being released in eBook formats as well.

With your help, we can fill this thread with links to USA Today's best summer reads. I'll definitely look at Amazon, Sony, and Fictionwise. Those of you who shop at other eBook stores, feel free to post links to the books there as well.

Even if you didn't see the May 6th issue of the newspaper, you can read the article on the website. Several related stories are linked from here -- as is the calendar.
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Not Becoming My Mother: And Other Things She Taught Me Along The Way by Ruth Reichl (Non-fiction, The Penguin Press, $19.95 hardcopy)

Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony Edition, $11.99
Fictionwise secure formats, $19.95 w/ 30% Micropay rebate ($9.97 ??) Hmmm... website says 30% Micropay rebate, but the effective price is closer to a 50% rebate

Make Your Life Prime Time: How to Have It All Without Losing Your Soul by Maria Celeste Arraras (Non-fiction, Atria, $21 hardback)

Kindle edition, $9.99 Also available in Spanish for the Kindle at the same price
Sony edition, $14.70 Also available in Spanish for the Sony reader at the same price
Fictionwise secure formats $21.00 with 30% Micropay rebate ($10.50 ??)

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Fiction, Riverhead, $26.95 hardback)

Kindle edition, $14.82
Sony edition, $18.86
Fictionwise secure formats $26.95 with 30% Micropay Rebate ($13.47 ??)


These titles do not appear to be available in electronic formats
In Hanuman’s Hands: A Memoir by Cheeni Rao (Non-fiction, HarperOne, $25.99 hardback)
Finding Oz: How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story by Evan I. Schwartz (Non-fiction, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27 hardback)
Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde by Thomas Wright (Non-fiction, Henry Holt, $26 hardback)

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Paul Newman: A Life by Shawn Levy (Non-fiction, Harmony, $29.99)

Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $16.49
Fictionwise secure formats, $29.99 with 30% Micropay rebate ($14.99 ?)

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (Fiction, Scribner, $25)

Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $11.99
Fictionwise secure formats, $25.00 with 30% Micropay rebate ($12.50 ?)

Perforated Heart by Eric Bogosian (Fiction, Simon & Schuster, $25)

Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $17.50
Fictionwise secure formats, $25.00 with 30% Micropay rebate ($12.50 ?)

Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk (Fiction, Doubleday, $24.95)

Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $11.99
Fictionwise secure formats, $24.95 with 30% Micropay rebate ($12.47 ?)

Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace by Ayelet Waldman (Non-fiction, Doubleday, $24.95)

Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $17.46
Fictionwise secure formats, $24.95 with 30% Micropay rebate ($12.47 ?)

Brimstone by Robert B. Parker (Fiction, Putnam, $25.95)

Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $14.27
Fictionwise secure formats, $25.95 with 30% Micropay Rebate ($12.97 ?)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life by Gerald Martin (Non-fiction, Knopf, $37.50)

Kindle edition, $22.28
Sony edition, $37.50
Fictionwise eReader format, $37.50 with 30% Micropay Rebate ($18.75 ?)

Enemies and Allies: The Dark Knight Meets The Man of Steel by Kevin J. Anderson (Fiction, William Morrow, $26.99)

Kindle edition, $14.84
Sony edition, $14.84
Fictionwise secure formats, $26.99 with 30% Micropay rebate ($13.49 ?)

Pretty in Plaid by Jen Lancaster (Non-fiction, New American Library, $24.95)

Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $11.99
Fictionwise secure formats, $24.95 with 30% Micropay rebate ($12.47 ?)

The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien (Fiction, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26)

Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $14.84

The Family Man by Elinor Lipman (Fiction, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25)

Sony edition, $17.50

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (Fiction, Shaye Areheart, $24)

Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $11.99
Fictionwise secure formats, $24.00 with 30% Micropay Rebate ($12.00 ??)

Rogues’ Gallery: The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money that Made the Metropolitan Museum by Michael Gross (Non-fiction, Broadway, $29.95)

Kindle edition, $16.47
Sony edition, $20.96
Fictionwise secure formats, $29.95 with 30% (or 50% ?) Micropay rebate ($14.97)

Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears (Fiction, Spiegel & Grau, $27.95)

Kindle edition, $15.37
Sony edition, $19.56
Fictionwise secure formats, $27.95 with 30% (or 50%?) Micropay rebate ($13.97)

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (Fiction, Ace, $25.95)

Kindle edition, $12.84
Sony edition, $14.27
Fictionwise secure formats, $25.95 with 30% (or is it 50%) Micropay discount ($12.97)

Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir by Christopher Buckley (Non-fiction, Twelve, $24.99)

Kindle Edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $11.99
Fictionwise secure formats, $9.95 with 15% micropay rebate ($8.46)

Resilience by Elizabeth Edwards (Non-fiction, Broadway, $22.95)

Kindle Edition, $9.99
Sony Edition, $11.99


These books do not appear to be available in any electronic format

Nobody Move by Denis Johnson (Fiction, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $23) Winner of the National Book Award
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen (Fiction, The Penguin Press, $27.95)
Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion by Mandi Norwood (Non-fiction, William Morrow, $19.99)
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Evil! I've now added about 10 more books to my wish list. But...PAT CONROY has a new fiction book coming out!!!! Yea!!!

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Soft-cover summertime reads

Another article in the 6 May edition lists their hottest paperback picks for the summer. At MobileRead, however, we're more interested in the eBook versions so we won't have to lug along a heavy stack of books on our vacations.

Audition by Barbara Walters (Vintage, $15.95, non-fiction, reprint)
Kindle edition, $9.14
Sony edition, $20.96
Feedbooks secure formats, $11.97 after rebate

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press, $14, fiction, reprint)
Kindle edition, $8.40
Sony edition, $11.20
Feedbooks secure formats, $8.95 after rebate

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Penguin, $15, fiction, reprint)
Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $10.50
Feedbooks secure formats, $7.50 after rebate

When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (Back Bay Books, $15.99, non-fiction, reprint out on June 2)
Kindle edition, $11.99
Sony edition, $11.99
Fictionwise secure formats, $9.99 after rebate

The Forever War by Dexter Filkins (Vintage, $15, non-fiction, reprint out on June 2)
Kindle edition, $12.57
Sony edition, $17.50
Fictionwise secure formats, $10.47 after rebate

Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell (Back Bay, $14.99 trade paperback; Little, Brown, $7.99, mass market paperback, non-fiction reprints, movie tie-in editions out on July 1)
Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $13.49
Fictionwise secure formats, $6.99 after rebate
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In stores now!

Sunnyside by Glen David Gold (Fiction, Knopf, $26.95)
Kindle edition, $15.13
Sony edition, $19.25
Fictionwise secure formats, $13.75 after rebate

Out of the Canyon: A True Story of Loss and Love by Art & Allison Daily (Non-fiction, Harmony, $23.95)
Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $16.80
Fictionwise secure formats, $12.00

Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Fiction, Grand Central, $26.99)
Kindle edition, $14.57 $9.99
Sony edition, $11.99


Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back by Reynolds Price (Non-fiction, Scribner, $30)
Kindle edition, $19.25
Sony edition, $35.00
Fictionwise secure formats, $17.50 after rebate

The Hunger: A Story of Food, Desire, and Ambition by John DeLucie (Non-fiction, $23.99)
Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $16.79
Fictionwise secure formats, $11.99 after rebate

Wanting by Richard Flanagan (Fiction, Atlantic Monthly Press, $24)
Kindle edition, $9.99

Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard (Fiction, William Morrow, $26.99)
Kindle edition, $14.57
Sony edition, $14.84
Fictionwise secure formats, $13.49 after rebate

Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy by David O. Stewart (Non-fiction, Simon & Schuster, $27)
Kindle edition, $14.85
Sony edition, $14.85
Fictionwise secure formats, $13.50 after rebate

The Stalin Epigram by Robert Littell (Fiction, Simon & Schuster, $26)
Kindle edition, $14.30
Sony edition, $18.20
Fictionwise secure editions, $13.00 after rebate

Boy Alone: A Brother’s Memoir by Karl Taro Greenfeld (Non-fiction, Harper, $25.99)
Kindle edition, $14.29
Sony edition, $18.19
Fictionwise secure formats, $12.99 after rebate

The Way Home by George Pelecanos (Fiction, Little, Brown, $24.99)
Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $11.99
Fictionwise secure formats, $12.49

5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours by Newt Gingrich and Jackie Gingrich Cushman (Non-fiction, Crown Forum, $22)
Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $15.40
Fictionwise secure formats, $11.00 after rebate

Soldier From the War Returning by Thomas Childers (Non-fiction, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26)
Kindle edition, $14.30

The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky (Non-fiction, Riverhead, $27.95)
Kindle edition, $15.37
Sony edition, $19.56
Fictionwise secure formats, $13.97 after rebate

How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson (Fiction, Dutton, $25.95)
Kindle edition, $14.27
Sony edition, $18.16
Fictionwise secure formats, $12.97

Vanessa and Virginia by Susan Sellers (Fiction, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $23)
Kindle edition, $9.99
Sony edition, $16.20


Apparently not available in electronic format

Patrick Swayze: One Last Dance by Wendy Leigh (Non-fiction, Simon Spotlight, $24.99)
Valkyrie by Philipp Freiherr Von Boeselager with Florence Fehrenbach, Jerome Fehrenbach (Non-fiction, Knopf, $24.95)

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Only pre-orders right now. Will update this entry as the books become available through the week.

Now available:

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