Summer reads

Summer brings thrillers, summer brings beach reading, summer brings James Patterson -- as do winter, spring and fall.

But this summer also brings us writers who, generally speaking, don't write very much but are nevertheless publishing books in 2009, which is almost certainly a good thing for everybody.

Like everything else this year, the publishing business is down -- the figures range from 3 percent to 10 percent. The betting is that some of these books will help reverse that trend. Or maybe not -- big books still sell, but those without brand-name authors or topics are still suffering.

Either way, let's see what's on tap for the lazy, hazy days of summer. Click here for a PDF presentation.