Summer Reading Suggestions

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Good words for all" Summer Reading

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)

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