Florida postman Doug Hughes made headlines last month for landing his gyrocopter on the lawn in front of the Capitol building.
In an interview with NPR, Hughes said he "made every effort to send word ahead" about the flight, but also knew he would be taken into custody. He made the flight anyway, he said, to "get a message to the American people â€” not that there's a problem with Congress but that there are solutions to the problem."
Every once in a while, NPR's go-to books guru Nancy Pearl sends Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep a tall stack of books. They're generally "under the radar" reads â€” titles she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting.
"I just think that it's so important that readers learn about books that haven't been heavily promoted â€“ what we would call mid-list books," Pearl says.
Here are some of her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading list: