In the May 26 edition of the MJS, book editor Jim Higgins offered 85 books to savor over summer.
Here is the first list, with indications of availability listed.
Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell; A science-fiction/fantasy/steampunk adventure. (Generally available with few holds)
Archipelago by Monique Roffey; A grieving Trinidadian father takes to the sea with his 6-year-old daughter and their old dog, facing internal and external dangers. (Generally available with few holds)
Benediction, by Kent Haruf; A kaleidoscopic view of the people who live in a fictional small town, particularly the dying hardware store owner. Also available on OverDrive and CD book. (Available with medium number of holds)
C.S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, by Alister McGrath. A biography that reads his fiction, Christian apologetics and scholarship with equal care. (Generally available with few holds)
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by Mohsin Hamid; A novel that is a satire of business self-help books and examination of life in contemporary Pakistan, reads like a text-based role-playing game. Sound recording also available. (Generally available)
The Humanitiy Project by Jean Thompson; Flawed people struggle with economic and family dislocation. (Generally available)
I Can't Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays by Elinor Lipman; Gracious, knowing and frequently cheerful pieces by the comic novelist. (Generally available)
Life After Life: A Novel by Kate Atkinson; A woman born in 1910 keeps returning to life after every death, as though she had a destiny to fulfill. (Long Hold List) Consider other Kate Atkinson books while you wait.
Without A Summer, by Mary Robinette Kowal; In a world like Jane Austen's, but with magic, Jane tries to find a husband for her sister while unraveling a cold conspiracy. (Generally available)
The Woman Upstairs, by Claire Messud; A spellbinding and acute novel in which a love-starved women falls, in one way or another, for all three members of a family. (Long hold list) Consider reading her book, The Emperor's Children, instead.
The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne; In his friendly, self-deprecating memoir, a Utah librarian describers how powerlifting and kettle-bells have helped him cope with Tourette's syndrome. (Current waiting list of 25). Also available online and as a CD book. (Medium Hold list)