Summer reading recommendations

It’s summer and it’s hot. What’s better than reading on the beach or in the cool air conditioning? We have a display of summer reads in the library right now, but if you can’t make it here, allow us to recommend some things.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. A library staff member says, “Flight Behavior blow readers away. The insight into the lives of the characters combined with the underlying environmental message makes for a wonderful book.”

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. “Like an adult Harry Potter, Morgenstern’s first novel is a tale of wonder, magic, and forbidden love that will leave the reader under its spell and captured by its charm long after it is over. ”

Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore. “It’s a wickedly funny education in Fin de siècle French art and culture. If your humor runs a little raunchy and irreverent, you’ll love this little mystery starring the painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.”

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. “The research into depression-era circuses is top-notch and the author’s character portrayals are stellar.”

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde. “In this first book in an intended series, Fforde uses color perception and his familiar quirky perspective to explore current issues of class, society, and our place in the world.”

The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry) by Siva Vaidhyanathan. “The title says it all.”

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. “From the darkly humorous celebrity chef comes an irreverent but insightful look at food and food culture with vignettes from his childhood and work life.”

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. “Books, technology, conspiracies, cabals, and love all come together in a fun romp.”

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