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Summer Pages for the Mind, Heart and Tastebuds

John Baxter give a romantic -- and not so romantic -- history of sorts in his book on Paris.
John Baxter give a romantic -- and not so romantic -- history of sorts in his book on Paris.
Emily Luchetti's homage to ice cream gives you a reason to haul that ice cream maker out from the back of your cupboard.
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Emily Luchetti's homage to ice cream gives you a reason to haul that ice cream maker out from the back of your cupboard.
Multiple characters with intertwining lives tell their stories in Julia Glass' second novel.
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Multiple characters with intertwining lives tell their stories in Julia Glass' second novel.

This week marks the unofficial start of summer -- and it wouldn't be summer without a big list of books to help pass the time. Karen Grigsby Bates offers a wide-ranging selection, from biography to barbecue.

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Karen Grigsby Bates is the Senior Correspondent for Code Switch, a podcast that reports on race and ethnicity. A veteran NPR reporter, Bates covered race for the network for several years before becoming a founding member of the Code Switch team. She is especially interested in stories about the hidden history of race in America—and in the intersection of race and culture. She oversees much of Code Switch's coverage of books by and about people of color, as well as issues of race in the publishing industry. Bates is the co-author of a best-selling etiquette book (Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times) and two mystery novels; she is also a contributor to several anthologies of essays. She lives in Los Angeles and reports from NPR West.