>Summer reading

>We’ve posted our suggestions for summer reading–strictly recreational–so dig in. For the grownups, I’m recommending Michael Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White, an orgy of Victoriana with a bracing touch of postmodernism and what I think (I’m only a few hours into the forty-something houred audio edition) is going to be a lot of sex. Read it before Masterpiece Theater takes the guts out of it.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.


  1. >I love The Crimson Petal and the White! I have fond memories of reading it over the summer, stretched out on the lawn at my college campus. Great summer reading pick! :)

  2. Louise Brueggemann says:

    >Roger, I'd be paying a lot more attention to the YA Dark Tales shenanigans if it weren't for taking your advice and getting completely caught up in listening to The Crimson Petal and the White. With a long commute and without the need to read several hundred YA titles for BBYA/BFYA, I'm relishing the opportunity to listen to adult books.

    I recently finished Sarah Vowell's Unfamiliar Fishes, which I'd heartily recommend.

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