From ''Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'' to ''Bel Canto,'' famous authors reveal their summer reads

By EW Staff
June 22, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

Buzz Bissinger, Author of Father’s Day
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

”It is intense, black-humor hilarious, haunting, and feels as if it was written during a prolonged and fruitful acid trip.”

Tayari Jones, Author of Silver Sparrow
The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson

”There is no drama like family drama. Jean Thompson is a demon for plot, offering a twisty tale that sucks you in, while writing with an angel’s voice, laying out gorgeous sentences that will make you gasp.”

Erin Morgenstern, Author of The Night Circus
The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry

”I love mysteries in the summer, and this one is deliciously surreal, dreamlike, and rain-soaked. It’s familiar yet unique, perfect for reading with umbrellas of the traditional or beach variety.”

Téa Obreht, Author of The Tiger’s Wife
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

”Even readers for whom hostage-scenario intrigue and clandestine love affairs don’t scream ‘summer’ will succumb to Patchett’s incredible prose and contagious love of opera. This novel is a wonder.”

Junot Díaz, Author of This Is How You Lose Her
Slow Lightening by Eduardo C. Corral

”’Hush. The sand calls out for more footprints.’ And this ravishing collection of poetry calls out for more readers. A book that grants summer’s best gifts — wisdom, life. In abundance.”