The Plot Against America is one of the most talked-about books this summer, and keeps appearing on everyone’s recommended ‘summer reading’ list. It was actually released in 2004, yet reads as though it was written this year. The Plot Against America was Philip Roth’s entry into the genre of historical fiction, and it asks “what if ‘Lucky Lindy’ unseated the popular FDR in the 1940 election?” This page-turner was composed as if it were an autobiography, written by the adult Philip Roth about the child Philip Roth and his family, who each (father, mother, brother, cousin, and aunt) play an important character, presented in loving detail throughout his novel. This book is highly recommended !
If you’re looking for a bit of a morbid summer reading book, check out Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History. Though an FBI profiler once stated that there are no female serial killers, this book features profiles on fourteen women who are exceptions to that rule. The author takes an in-depth look at their lives and crimes, and presents stories of women who cannot be reduced to stereotypes and tropes. If you’re looking for a creepy, female-focused crime read this summer, this book might be for you. Click here to find out more or place a hold on the book!
Some of the best sellers for the Summer are now available at the Library! Check some of these out: The President Is Missing, When Life Gives You LuLuMelons, The Widow Clicquot, The Wife Between Us, Crazy Rich Asians, Summer Wives and many more! Best-sellers are the perfect books to take to the beach, the boat… or just to the backyard.
Please note: If a book is on loan to someone else, we’ll be happy to put you on the hold list!
Looking for something to read this summer? Check out Another Brooklyn, the first book written for adults by Jaqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award and current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Here’s the publisher’s summary:
“Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.
But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.
Like Louise Meriwether’s Daddy Was a Number Runner and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood—the promise and peril of growing up—and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.”
If you have a child in grades 7 – 12, chances are they are required to read a number of books this summer, whether in private or public schools. Most public libraries have long waiting lists for the titles, but we have copies of most of these books here on our shelves – from the traditional classics to contemporary classics – waiting to be read this summer. So don’t have your child be ‘wait-listed’ for books today – stop by the library and let us help you here! (Please note, if we don’t have a particular title, we can always request it for you via our ILL program, which allows us to borrow from other colleges.)
Looking for some good books to read this summer? Here are a few suggestions:
If you want to see what other novels we have, you can visit the library and browse our Leisure Reading section on the first floor, or use the library catalog to search for a specific book!