This page will compile the suggestions made to the list in regards to summer reading for us. Feel free to add directly to this page.
(There is a section just for mysteries at the end.)

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (several recommendations)
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Mistaken Identity: Tabout the Taylor Univ. van crash; tragic but inspiring
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks -- Loved It!
God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens -- Did not Like It --(It's great on audio!)
The Reason for God by Timothy Keller -- Alvin Plantinga's books are better
Trouble by Gary Schmidt -- Great Book
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, by Jennifer 8. Lee
Red Azalea, by Anchee Min

Souvenir by the daughter of a WWII soldier in the Pacific. Spoke to my heart as my dad served in the Pacific but at the end of the war not when the battles were hot.
Battle for Rome which discussed the papacy and role in WWII.
Martha's Cookies-on a lighter note

The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat
The Minotaur by Barbara Vine
The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family by Martha Raddatz
Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 by Rick Atkinson

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - do it. It's wonderful. And I just found out that he wrote a sequel, which is on my list to read next, it's called World Without End.

The Thirteenth Tale, for lovers of Jane Eyre and the curious about the life of twins.
Glass Castles, sometimes the apple does fall far from the tree
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, amazing how the author balanced tragedy with humor
Total Money Makeover, for everyone who wants to get their financial house in order during these times. Ramsey is opinionated and open about his religious beliefs, but he offers sound advice and has helped many people escape the spiral of debt and keeping up with the Joneses.

The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin, an engrossing look at the current Supreme Court, its members and recent important cases. (I'm listening to the audiobook.) Toobin writes for the New Yorker.
The Book of Salt , a novel about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, written by their Vietnamese cook.
My Antonia by Willa Cather...sometimes it's fun to revisit the classics. I listened to this while walking. Wonderful.

I'm hoping to read any new books in the following mystery series:
the Kathy Reichs series (it's the one the t.v. series "Bones" is based on)
Janet Evanovich's two series (oh, I hope there's a new book in either series this summer!)
Sarah Graves' Home Repair is Homicide series (set in down East Maine)

If you are a mystery buff, check out the "Stop You're Killing Me" website at:
It's a great place to find some "reads like" ideas if you're waiting anxiously for that next installment in your favorite series. It also allows you to search for mystery series by either author OR by the name of the main character. Handy source to figure out what order to read a series

Two mystery series focusing on women who served in WWI: The Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear. The first title is
Maisie Dobbs. Maisie was a maid in the home of a lord, whose wife saw her intelligence and sends her to school and college. Maisie left
school to be a nurse in WWI. The series is set in post-WWI England and Maisie is a private detective.

The Jade del Cameron series by Suzanne Arruda (a Kansas author!) The first in the series is Mark of the Lion. Jade is from New Mexico, but was an ambulance driver in France in WWI. Her fiance, a RAF fighter pilot, dies and in his dying breath gives her a mystery to solve,
related to his father who died in Africa. She obtains a job as a travel writer for a magazine and heads to Nairobi to go on safari while also
searching for the truth about how her fiance's father died.

Both characters suffer from PTSD as well as some physical injuries suffered in the war, and both lost fiances or near-fiances. I don't
want to give away too much so I'll stop!

I just finished the second book of a wonderfully funny, entertaining mystery series, The Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz. The characters are so real. I actually listened to the book on audio, and I think it really enhanced the story.