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Looking for a good summer read? No need to look further than the handy Birds on A Wire Blog Bookshelf, which is stuffed with volumes – bound and digital – written by friends and readers of this blog.

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Nature and Gardening

Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens
Janice Busco and Nancy R. Morin
How to plant and nurture each species 

Culture and Arts

It Came from the '70s: From The Godfather to Apocalypse Now
Connie Wilson
A look back at great films from the 1970s 

Mystery and Horror

Cut Short
Dead End
Road Closed
Three (!) best-selling thrillers featuring DI Geraldine Steele, by Leigh Russell

Hellfire & Damnation 
Connie Wilson
Award-winning collection of horror stories
Perfectly Health Man Drops Dead
Bruce Hartman
Page-turner about a Philadelphia lawyer accused of murder

Health and Beauty

The Beauty Prescription
Eva Ritvo, M.D. and Debra V. Luftman, M.D.
The complete formula for looking and feeling beautiful

Identity, Health and Women
Jacqueline Ann Christodoulou
A critical social psychological perspective

The River of Forgetting
Jane Rowan
One woman’s path to healing from childhood sexual abuse

A Woman’s guide to Heart Attack Recovery
Charlotte Libov
Popular women's health advocate tells how to survive, thrive and protect your health after a heart attack 

Alter Your Life: Overbooked? Overworked? Overwhelmed? 
Kathleen Hall
Taking control of your life, by mindfulness guru and director of the Mindful Living Network


Sunshine Patriots
Inventive, funny and poetic sci-fi
My Booty Novel
Fresh, young black writer’s take on life, love, sex
Both by Bill Campbell (Goodreads)

Lifestyle and Humor

Pop Culture
Bill Campbell
New dad ditches job to write a novel, take care of baby and comment on what’s happening in the world around him


Discovering Long Island
Barbara Shea
The last word on LI, by former Newsday travel editor


When the News Went Live
George Phenix, Bob Huffaker, Bill Mercer and Wes Wise
The definitive inside story of the JFK assassination and the Oswald killing, from the men who covered it

Jesse James, mon père Jesse Edward James, Jr., and Marie Rivet, translator
Memoirs of the famous outlaw’s son, en français