Your Summer Reading List -- Courtesy of Houston's Local Bookstores

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Blue Willow Bookshop 14532 Memorial Dr. 281-497-8675

Son by Philipp Meyer This multigenerational novel is an "epic Texas tale with shades of Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry," says Blue Willow owner Valerie Koehler. It follows 150 years of one family's rise, from the Comanche raids of the mid-1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century.

The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields This historical-fiction reimagining of Edith Wharton's life will "send you looking for all of Wharton's work," says Koehler. "She was definitely a woman ahead of her time."

Lexicon by Max Barry In this ambitious "thriller for word lovers," students at an exclusive Virginia school are taught the art of persuasion and become "poets," and rival factions of poets lead to deadly consequences.

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal This young-adult novel, which follows a teenage boy who hears the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm (one half of the Brothers Grimm), will appeal to any reader, says Koehler. "It's real and it's magical and it's creepy!"

Brazos Bookstore 2421 Bissonnet 713-523-0701

Southern Cross the Dog by Bill Cheng Staffer Keaton Patterson raves that this is an "astounding debut novel," which is narrated by a black man living in the Jim Crow South in 1927.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki This long-awaited novel from the bestselling author comes recommended by staffer Jeremy Ellis. The story connects the lives of Nao, a 16-year-old girl in Tokyo so tormented by bullies she's contemplating suicide, and Ruth, a Canadian novelist who finds a diary washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox.

Cooked: A Story of Human Transformation by Michael Pollan Nihal Ramchandani recommends the Omnivore's Dilemma writer's latest, which explores how fire, water, air and earth give us food.

The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño Staffer Mark Haber puts his money on this award-winning novel by the late Chilean writer. While it may not be new, published in 1998 and translated in 2007, it still makes an impact thanks to an explosive story that follows two young poets on a quest to track down a third.

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