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Tricia Brock’s Favorite Summer Reads

Tricia Brock is a successful director of shows like Saving Grace, Gossip Girl, and 30 Rock. She is also a brilliant single mother who raised her daughter before conquering the fiercely competitive entertainment business.

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These five books are on my own personal bestseller list, especially over the summer. In addition to being brilliant novels, they each create such a strong sense of place—transporting you to Italy, Ireland, Russia, India and, even if you never wanted to go, the Badlands of North Dakota!



  • The People’s Act of Love, by James Meek

    The People’s Act of Love, by James Meek

    If it gets really hot this summer, read this. It’s set in Siberia. I read about it when I was in England last year. It’s an incredible book, although it does require patience. Get past the first 50 pages and it’s a book you will never forget.

  • White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga

    White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga

    I love India, and have a whole shelf of Indian novels. This one is on a lot of summer reading lists—they were even talking about it at a dinner party in Venice! It’s so well-written, and humorously articulate about the class system.

  • The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B., by J.P. Donleavy

    The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B., by J.P. Donleavy

    This book is hilarious, as well as heart-wrenching. At Trinity College in Dublin, shy, rich Balthazar is mentored by the ribald, outrageous Beefy. I’ve been laughing for 20 years. I sometimes wish it were a movie, but I’m glad it’s not. It could never be as good as the book.

  • Peace Like A River, by Leif Enger

    Peace Like A River, by Leif Enger

    I was in Washington, D.C., on my way to my daughter’s college graduation, when I overheard a woman talking about this book. I bought it immediately, and it’s one of the best I’ve ever read. A miracle of faith, family and classic adventure—an incredible story.

  • A Venetian Affair, by Andrea di Robilant

    A Venetian Affair, by Andrea di Robilant

    I read this book two weeks ago before going to Venice for the first time! The book made visiting that city all the more magical. Forbidden, clandestine love in the 18th century—so romantic. Passion drips off the page. Its impact is all the more felt because it’s a true story, based on letters found by the author’s father.

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