What Books to Read Before Summer Ends

What books are on your list of must-reads before we fully enter the fall?

Although Labor Day marks the last hurrah for white pants, barbeques and kids up late on Sunday night, it's not the end of the season. Until the clock strikes midnight on Sept. 21, it's still summer.

And that means there's just enough time to squeeze in another good book atop your favorite lounge chair.

You may not find these best-sellers at or , but go to either the or the .

You friendly local librarian should be able to help.

Not sure what to read for your last hurrah of summer? Fear not, we've cobbled together some best-sellers from The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, along with a few staff favorites from summers past. Grab a cold glass of iced tea and you'll be set!



  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed - A woman's account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - The story of Louis Zamperini, a World War II bombardier, POW and Olympian.
  • The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer - The author, the son of a single mom, recounts how the flawed men of a local bar became his fathers, teaching him about love, literature, baseball and the drinking life.
  • Crazy For The Storm by Norman Ollestad - Alone in a blizzard at night, the author and sole survivor of a single-engine plane crash hit the side of a steep mountain. He tells how he, as an 11-year-old boy, made it down the mountain.

Be sure to tell us in your comments about your favorite summer read.


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