The Ultimate 2011 Stuff Mom Never Told You Summer Reading List

Cristen Conger

Thanks to our Facebook fans and Twitter followers who contributed to the Stuff Mom Never Told You Summer Reading List 2011 (SMNTYSRL2K11)! Here's a selection of reading recommendations to get you through this mind-melting summertime swelter. And since the heat index has probably melted the tips of your fingers, rendering you unable to copy and paste titles into Google (and how you even got to this blog post, I'm still working out in my sun-addled brain), I've linked the titles over to Amazon.

You're welcome!

Now get to readin', and if this isn't enough for your library needs, here's the link to last year's list, aka SMNTYSRL2K10.

Fiction Recommendations from Molly & Cristen, respectively:

A Visit from the Goon Squad -- Jennifer Egan

Stone Junction -- Jim Dodge

Books About Ladies:

Bossy Pants -- Tina Fey

Cleopatra, A Life -- Stacy Schiff

Mae West: It Ain't No Sin -- Simon Louvish

Zelda -- Nancy Milford

Dorothea Lange: A Life Without Limits -- Linda Gordon

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- Rebecca Skloot

Abigail Adams -- Woody Houlton

Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession -- Julie Powell

The Story of My Life -- Helen Keller

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery -- Russell Baker

Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France -- Leonie Frieda

2011 Series of the Summer:

A Song of Fire and Ice -- George R.R. Martin

Hunger Games Trilogy -- Suzanne Collins

A Poolside Reading Grab Bag From Listeners, For Listeners:

The Lady in the Tower -- Alison Weir

Read My Hips -- Kim Brittingham

Museum of Innocence -- Orhan Pamuk

The Ethical Slut -- Dossie Easton

Water for Elephants -- Sara Gruen

Robber Bride -- Margaret Atwood

Jaws -- Peter Benchley's

The Chosen -- Chaim Potok

The Geography of Bliss -- Greg Weiner

The Reluctant Fundamentalist -- Mohsin Hamid

Flight -- Sherman Alexie

We Have Always Lived in a Castle -- Shirley Jackson

Before I Go to Sleep -- S.J. Watson

Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer and Other Alcoholic Beverages -- Patrick McGovern

Neutron Star -- Larry Niven

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand -- Helen Simonson

The Psychopath Test -- Jon Ronson

Soulless -- Gail Carriger

The Artificial Silk Girl -- Irmgard Keun