Three Wisconsin Authors Share Their 2020 Summer Reads

A bookstore in Tennessee
Jordan Vroon, left, takes inventory in Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Mark Humphrey/AP Photo

Stephanie Bodeen is a young adult and children’s book author. She writes picture books and novels for young readers.
Stephanie Bodeen’s summer reads:

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
The Changeling by Victor LaValle
The River by Peter Heller
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfield
Kindred by Octavia Butler

Catrina Sparkman is the author of the Redemption’s Price series. She writes fiction, plays and nonfiction.
Catrina Sparkman’s summer reads:
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell
Anything by Toni Morison (but especially Home, and Sula)
Tumbling by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Seasons of the Bento Blackbird by Akosua Busia
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Fledgling by Octavia Butler
The African Immortals series by Tananarive Due
Someone Knows my Name by Lawrence Hill
Song Yet Sung by James McBride
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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Patricia Skalka is the author of the award-winning Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series.
Patricia Skulka’s summer reads:
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger
Miracle Creek, Angie Kim
Eight Perfect Murders, Peter Swanson
Best Kept Secrets, Tracey S. Phillips (debut novel, Wisconsin writer)
Temper, Layne Fargo
Critical Mass, Sara Paretsky
Murder at the Mena House, Erica Ruth Neubauer (debut novel, Wisconsin writer)
Susanna Cakins — two series: Lucy Campion and Speakeasy Mysteries
Emily Cabot mysteries, Frances McNamara
The Polish Officer, Alan Furst (any of his WWII titles)
The Wild One, Nick Petrie (Wisconsin writer, one of the Peter Ash series)
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

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