2017 Summer Reading List: Robin Yocum

robin yocumSuggestions by BGSU alumnus and author Robin Yocum '78

Contributed by Robin Yocum '78

In an age when we can’t seem to quit staring at all things electronic - televisions, computers, cell phones and iPads - there is something even more comforting about settling in with an actual book - the kind made of real paper, with pages that can be flipped, dogeared and scribbled on. Why, these Medieval-looking things can actually be dropped without fear of a cracked screen. You cannot be a writer without being a reader, and every book I read comes between soft or hard covers. When I make a great discovery of a new book, I find it easy to share the experience by simply handing it to a friend and asking them to pass it along when they’re finished.

Here are a few books that will make great summer reading:

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"Killers of the Flower Moon - The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI"

by David Grann.

David is the best-selling author of "The Lost City of Z." His new book focuses on the murders of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma in the 1920s and the creation of the FBI. Great read.

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"Redemption Road" 

by John Hart.

John is a two-time Edgar Award winner, a terrific writer and a great storyteller. You’ll love this thriller.

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"A Welcome Murder"

by Robin Yocum.

Set in Steubenville, Ohio, this is a much different story than my previous efforts. In most of my novels, at least one person is trying to do the right thing. In this book, no one is trying to do the right thing.

Robin Yocum was a recent finalist for the 2017 Edgar Allen Poe Awards and is author of four books, including "A Brilliant Death" and "Favorite Sons." He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from BGSU in 1978.