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Recommendations for APL's Adult Summer Reading Program

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The Austin Public Library's 2013 Adult Summer Reading Program, 'Book Your Summer', begins June 6th and runs through August 31st. Readers need only finish five books, whether classic literature or guilty pleasure beach reads, to complete the program. By submitting a frequent reader card at any local library location or registering online, readers will be entered to win reusable canvas book bags, or Kobo eReaders for five lucky Austinites.

Those who don't already have books waiting for them on their shelves can take recommendations from APL in fiction and non-fiction. Click on the list to view a few of the titles the library recommends as the best fiction from 2013 for readers this summer.

"The Accursed" by Joyce Carol Oates
"The Accursed" by Joyce Carol Oates HarperLuxe

"The Accursed" by Joyce Carol Oates

Acclaimed novelist Joyce Carol Oates journeys to 20th century New Jersey for a gothic mystery with cameos from historic figures like Woodrow Wilson, Grover Cleveland, and Upton Sinclair.

"How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" by Mohsin Hamid
"How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" by Mohsin Hamid Riverhead Hardcover

"How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" by Mohsin Hamid

Styled in the tradition of self-help books, Mohsin Hamid's latest novel tracks an unnamed boy who rises from the poverty of his village to the heights of urban capitalism.

"Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson
"Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson Reagan Arthur Books

"Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson

Ursula Todd dies and is reborn over and over again in a narrative from Kate Atkinson that spans the  heights of history and the depths of personal drama.

"Vampires in the Lemon Grove" by Karen Russell
"Vampires in the Lemon Grove" by Karen Russell Knopf

"Vampires in the Lemon Grove" by Karen Russell

Karen Russell follows up two innovative novels with a collection of short stories that have supernatural spook factor while still feeling real.

"Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald" by Therese Anne Fowler
"Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald" by Therese Anne Fowler St. Martin's Press

"Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald" by Therese Anne Fowler

A fictional autobiography, Therese Anne Fowler's book imagines life inside the marriage of the Jazz Age's ultimate it couple: Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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