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In this week’s “Matter of Opinion,” Michelle, Ross, Carlos, and Lidia offer their recommendations for your summer reading and lay out what they’re excited to dive into themselves. Moreover, listeners of books.

(A full transcript of the episode will be available at noon on the Times website.)

Books mentioned in this episode:

From Michelle:

  • Thursday Murder Club series, by Richard Osman

  • “The Bet: A Story of Wreck, Mutiny and Murder,” by David Grann

From Lydia:

  • “Slow Horses”, Book 1 in the Slough House series, by Mick Herron

  • “The Transit of Venus,” by Shirley Hazzard

  • “Middle March,” by George Eliot

  • “Grat”, by Ron Chernow

  • “King: Life”, by Jonathan Eig

From Charles:

  • “Faith”, by Hernan Diaz

  • “The Long Secret” and “Harriet the Spy”, by Louise Fitzhugh

  • “Conversación en La Catedral”, “Aunt Julie and The Screenwriter and “The Feast of the Goat”, by Mario Vargas Llosa

  • “Mystery and Conduct: Occasional Prose” and “Wise Blood,” by Flannery O’Connor

  • “Heartburn”, by Nora Ephron, audiobook narrated by Meryl Streep

  • “The Sale”, by Paul Beatty

  • “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI”, “The Lost City of Z: A Tale of a Deadly Obsession in the Amazon” and “The White Darkness”, by David Grann

From Ross:

  • “The Stand”, “The Institute” and “The Shining”, by Stephen King

  • “Black Lamb and Gray Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia,” by Rebecca West

  • “Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli,” by Mark Seal

From a Matter of Opinion listeners:

  • The Three-Body Problem trilogy, by Liu Cixin

  • “The Fisherman and the Dragon: Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast,” by Kirk Wallace Johnson

  • “The Kingdoms”, by Natasha Pulley

  • “The Education of Kendrick Perkins: A Memoir,” by Kendrick Perkins with Seth Rogoff

  • “Demon Copperhead”, by Barbara Kingsolver

  • “Stable Life”, by Jay Hopler

  • “The Tempest”, by William Shakespeare

  • Maisie Dobbs series, by Jacqueline Winspear

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“Matter of Opinion” is produced by Phoebe Lett, Derek Arthur and Sophia Alvarez Boyd. It is edited by Stephanie Joyce. Mixing by Pat McCusker. Original music by Isaac Jones, Carole Sabouraud and Pat McCusker. Fact-checking by Kate Sinclair, Mary Marge Locker and Michelle Harris. Audience strategy by Shannon Busta and Kristina Samuelski. Our executive producer is Annie-Rose Strasser.

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