What's on Your Summer Reading (and Listening) List?

Summer reading isn't just for kids! Hopefully you'll have a little extra time to read and listen during the next few months, whether it's while sitting on an airplane or under a tree in the park. Wondering what to pick up next for you or for your book club? On June 15, we'll have three publisher representatives visiting the Central Library and they have many buzz-worthy titles that you may want to consider putting on your list. Join us from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Gates Room on the 5th floor for an entertaining and informative presentation on new and forthcoming titles. And there will be book giveaways as well! Here's a sampling of some of the titles we'll be buzzing about:

  • The Travelers by Regina Porter - Porter’s fantastic debut novel is a whirl of characters spidering outward through time and space. The novel tracks a half dozen of them, all connected to each other and from the Southeast United States, more or less, in one way or another, from the 1950s through 2010. I hand-sold this to a customer in about 10 seconds after she read the summary on the jacket flap!
  • Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith - Only Alexander McCall Smith would be expected to concoct a book involving a plot that spins around a stabbed kneecap, an imaginary boyfriend and a depressed and deaf dog — and then throw in lycanthropy, the transformation of a human into a wolf. This is Sandy at his humorous best!
  • The Hotel Neversink by Adam O'Fallon - A generational saga that chronicles the legacy of the Sikorskys—Jewish émigrés from Eastern Europe—across the span of four generations as they grapple with the aftermath of a dark secret in the declining grandeur of the family’s Catskills hotel. For fans of Chloe Benjamin's The Immortalists.
  • Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky - A brilliantly funny novel of money, sex, race, and bad behavior in the post-Obama era, featuring a wealthy Connecticut divorce, her college-age daughter, and the famous American novelist who is seduced by them both. A Mrs. Robinson/The Graduate story for our times?
  • Mama's Last Hug by Frans de Waal - Though science has long resisted the idea that non-human animals share aspects of human traits, de Waal brilliantly builds his case that emotions are 'bodily expressed,' therefore somewhat measurable, and that not only can we see that other creatures have emotional lives, but that they can help us understand what underlies our own.
  • Chasing the Moon by Robert Stone and Alan Andres - JFK issued the historic moon landing challenge. These are the stories of the visionaries who helped America complete his vision with the first lunar landing fifty years ago. This is the companion book to the American Experience film on PBS.

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Written by Dodie on June 3, 2019