Librarian Reads - Summer 2012

Ever wonder what your Adult Services Librarians are recommending for the summer? Check out some of our favorite books!

Rules of SurvivalSoldier DogsBelow StairsThe Real ElizabethThe Kitchen HouseAbraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterBlue Monday

Fiction Worth Reading

Birds of Paradise Birds of Paradise (Diana Abu-Jaber) - FICTION ABU-JABER: Felice Muir ran away from her loving family when she was only 13 and now lives in Miami on the beaches or squatting in houses. Her family is torn apart and has never understood what led to her running away. This novel is set in the days leading up to Felice’s 18th birthday while the family members all try to make sense of what has happened to them individually and as a family. This intelligent book has deep character development and a layered plot that delivers a psychological and suspenseful punch. Abu-Jaber’s fourth and very rewarding novel. Check Availability
Perks of Being a Wallflower Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky) - YA FICTION CHBOSKY: 15-year-old Charlie deals with the typical teenage issues of trying to figure out who he is and where he fits in. This story is an epistolary novel, meaning it's written as a series of letters from Charlie to an unnamed recipient, making it read like a diary. It's set in the 90s with a lot of references to the decade, and the author does a great job of making all the characters and situations seem realistic. This is a classic coming-of-age young adult novel that is worth re-visiting time and time again. Check Availability
Room Room (Emma Donoghue) - FICTION DONOGHUE: 5-year-old Jack narrates the story of his life growing up in an 11 foot square room where he lives with his mother, who tries to protect him from the man who kidnapped her when she was 19. Room is a suspenseful and beautiful book that will change the way you view the world. Check Availability
Finding Nouf Finding Nouf (Zoe Ferraris) - FICTION FERRARIS: This book is an authentic glimpse into Saudi society and the rigid lines between the lives of men and women. The story revolves around the disappearance of sixteen-year-old Nouf, her prominent family, and the desert guide hired to solve the mystery. This beautifully written story perfectly describes the Saudi desert at its hottest as well as the hidden culture of Saudi women. Check Availability
Blue Monday Blue Monday (Nicci French) - FICTION FRENCH: Five-year-old Matthew Farraday is kidnapped and a desperate police hunt ensues. Psychotherapist Frieda Klein is more than concerned when her patient begins analyzing dreams in which he has a hunger for a child-- a child the spitting image of Matthew. Can this kidnapping actually be connected to an unsolved, twenty-year old abduction of a little girl? Dark secrets are revealed but may not be answered in this suspenseful, psychological thriller. First in a series by husband and wife team, Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. Check Availability
Soldier Dogs Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America's Canine Heroes (Narua Giidavage) - FICTION FRENCH: Dogs who work for the military are just amazing... and this book describes the many jobs they do as told by the trainers and handlers who work with them. The soldier's best friend, in more ways than one. For example, there is no piece of technology that can find explosives as well as a dog can. This is truly an eye-opener, and it may well make you laugh AND make you cry. Check Availability
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Seth Grahame-Smith) - FICTION GRAHAME-SMITH: Not every book on this list can be a great work of literature. This one is just fun. And about to become a movie. But mostly fun. Is answers the question you've always wanted to ask in an entertaining and engaging manner: What if Abraham Lincoln slayed vampires? Check Availability
The Fault In Our Stars The Fault In Our Stars (John Green) - YA FICTION GREEN: This is a book about kids with cancer, but it is also so much more. Not sappy, not overindulged, The Fault In Our Stars managed to walks that line between tragedy and comedy with ease. John Green writes exquisitely, and crafts characters that are at once understandable, engaging, and endearing without ever being sentimental. Check Availability
The Kitchen House The Kitchen House (Kathleen Grissom) - FICTION GRISSOM: If you’re looking for something “Southern” after reading The Help, you’ll like The Kitchen House! This story of plantation society focuses on the arrival of an orphaned white girl who works with the slaves in the kitchen house of the tobacco plantation. Eventually she moves into the big house and get involved with the secrets, heartaches, and tragedies of her adoptive family. This is dysfunctional southern fiction at its best! Check Availability
Art of Fielding Art of Fielding (Chad Harbach) - FICTION HARBACH: Chad Harbach’s first novel, The Art of Fielding, was selected by the New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2011” and for good reason. This excellent novel , set on the shores of Lake Michigan, brings the world of college baseball at fictional Westish to life with wonderful characters and a story line that is both complex and original. If this is Harbach’s first novel, look forward to many future classics! Check Availability
Death Comes to Pemberley Death Comes to Pemberley (P.D. James) - MYSTERY JAMES: Good for readers who like mysteries set in 1800s England, and for fans of Jane Austen, of course. The style of writing seems quite appropriate for a Jane Austen "read-a-like," and if she had written a murder mystery involving the familiar characters from Pride and Prejudice it would be quite like this. Check Availability
Let's Pretend This Never Happened title= Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) (Jenny Lawson) - BIOGRAPHY LAWSON: A witty take on an unusual life. Lawson is a popular blogger who writes about the ins-and-outs of marriage and motherhood with humor and taxidermied animals. Her book takes the same irreverent approach to writing and is laugh-out-loud funny. Check Availability
The Real Elizabeth The Real Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II (Andrew Marr) - BIOGRAPHY ELIZABETH II: What the Queen does and how she does it. Something about her life out of the public view, how she has dealt with challenges in her role as monarch and with family difficulties. An interesting look at 60 years worth of English history centered around one person. The author is a BBC personality. Check Availability
The Chalk Girl The Chalk Girl (Carol O'Connell) - FICTION OCONNELL: The latest in a series, detective Mallory of New York City’s Special Crimes Unit, finds a lost little girl with Williams Syndrome. Detective Mallory was a lost and neglected child herself. She is a very unusual, and scary, hunter of serial killers and the like. You do not have to have read earlier books in this series to appreciate this one. And if you like, the series begins with Mallory’s Oracle. Check Availability
Life Without Parole Life Without Parole (Clare O'Donoghue) - MYSTERY ODONOHUE:Although this is the second book of the Kate Conway mysteries, it’s easy to pick up the story where the first book ended. Free lance television producer, Kate Conway, lands two new reality show assignments: a new restaurant and life on death row! She alternates interviewing the rich and famous restaurant investors for a new Chicago eatery with visits to Dugan maximum security prison for a True Crime TV reality show. This book is a fun look at the behind the scenes of reality TV productions, full of suspense, with witty dialogue, and a sassy heroine. This “beach read” mystery is perfect for summer reading! Check Availability
Below Stairs Below Stairs (Margaret Powell) - 941.082 POWELL: Are you anxiously awaiting the return of Downton Abbey? I know I am! While you're waiting for the third season begin, be sure to check out the memoir that inspired it all. Margaret Powell, a fiesty kitchen maid, not only shares all the difficulties of her job, but also shares all the juicy details about working in England's great houses of the early twentieth century. Check Availability
Elizabeth the Queen Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Mondern Monarch (Sally Bedell Smith) - BIOGRAPHY ELIZABETH II: Lots of research and interviews went into this description of a remarkable life; the longest serving head of state. You would like to know her once you have read this portrait of her life and work. If you could keep up… Check Availability
Rules of Survival Rules of Survival (Nancy Werlin) - FICTION WERLIN: 17-year-old Matthew recounts what it was like growing up with an abusive, unstable mother. Written as letters to his younger sister Callie, the stories Matthew tells are his way of coming to terms with what happened to him and his two younger sisters. This book is full of dramatic tension and will keep you on the edge of your seat as Matthew's story unfolds. Check Availability
Code of the Woosters Code of the Woosters (P.G. Wodehouse) - FICTION WODEHOUSE: This book is sure to tickle your funny bone! Bertie Wooster finds himself in trouble again when his nosy Aunt Dahlia asks him to steal a cow creamer from Totleigh Towers, the home of Uncle Tom's rival, Sir Watkyn Bassett. As a fan of dry English humor, I found myself laughing out loud at all the precarious situations Bertie Wooster gets himself into (and all the situations his manservant, Jeeves, has to get him out of). Wodehouse does social satire like no other and his crazy cast of characters will have you laughing out loud. Check Availability

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