Summer Reads and a Few Other Things

Summer is definitely here, and many of you will be taking vacations.  So, what books will you take with you?  Just in case your answer is “I don’t know,” here are a few ideas:

We begin with Flavorwire’s list of 20 new nonfiction books that will make you smarter.

The Boston Globe has a list of suggestions here.

BuzzFeed has two lists: 22 books you need to read this summer and 10 books that are perfect for summer.

Kirkus Reviews has assembled a list of 10 fun teen summer novels that adults will also like.  If you look at the right side of your computer screen, you will see their “Top Lists,” which might also interest you.

Mental Floss contributes a list of six beach reads from 100 (or more) years ago.

Nancy Pearl, America’s favorite librarian, discusses her picks for the summer in an NPR interview.

You can also listen to On Point with Tom Ashbrook as he and his three guests discuss summer reads that they recommend.

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Now, where will you read all those books?  BuzzFeed has the answer to that question, and I will tell you that I would love to be in any of those locations.

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Here is a special note to my readers who live in the Baton Rouge, LA area: I will do a three hour big band show on WBRH (90.3 FM) from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 6th.

One of my features will be a 15 minute radio program featuring Dinah Shore from way back on June 26, 1942.  One of the songs she sings is titled “Conchita Marquita Lolita Pepita Rosita Juanita Lopez.”   They don’t write songs like that anymore.

Dinah’s sponsor for the show was Mum, the first commercial brand of deodorant.  As you probably know, “mum” means “to keep silent.”  The announcer himself keeps silent in that he never tells the listeners that Mum is a “deodorant.”  Instead he simply tells the ladies that it will “keep you dainty all day.”  Mum was originally a crème that was applied with the fingertips, but in 1952 Helen Diserens developed a roll-on applicator after seeing the newly invented ball-point pen.  Mum was rebranded Ban Roll-On after that.

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