aah, Summer Reading

Time to sit on the porch (or the deck) read a new book, reread an old favorite, or explore an author you are curious about!

Here are some suggestions:

As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann

Torn in two by a vicious civil war, seventeenth-century England was the scene of extraordinary violence. Among the soldiers traveling the country from one deadly battle to another is Jacob Cullen, a former servant who dreams of baptizing himself with the blood of battle into a new life after the war. Only his brewing erotic obsession with a fellow fighter threatens his plans.

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans

Fearless, funny, and ultimately tender, Evans’s stories offer a bold new perspective on the experience of being young and African-American or mixed-race in modern-day America.

A Curable Romantic by Joseph Skibell

When Dr. Jakob Josef Sammelsohn arrives in Vienna in the 1890s, he happens to meet Sigmund Freud, has a series of affairs, is haunted by the ghost of his abandoned wife, and eventually ends up in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940.

Distant Hours by Kate Morton

A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WW II.

Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

A continuation of “Shanghai Girls” finds a devastated Joy fleeing to China to search for her real father while her mother, Pearl, desperately pursues her, a dual quest marked by their encounters with the nation’s intolerant Communist culture.

Elegy for Eddie: a Maisie Dobbs novel by Jacqueline Winspear. *****

When Eddie Pettit’s death is ruled an accident by the police, many believe that this gentle soul was murdered and Maisy Dobbs, determined to do right by Eddie, searches for the truth amid the working-class of Lambeth.

Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick

Presents a retelling of Henry James’s The Ambassadors that follows the efforts of divorced schoolteacher Bea Nightingale to navigate a turbulent year spent with her estranged brother’s family

The Forgotten Garden: a novel by Kate Morton

Abandoned on a 1913 voyage to Australia, Nell is raised by a dock master and his wife who do not tell her until she grows up that she is not their child, a situation that causes her to return to England and eventually hand down her quest for answers to her granddaughter.

Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards

At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father’s unresolved death a decade ago.

Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. *****

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

Miss Fuller by April Bernard.

It is 1850. Margaret Fuller–feminist, journalist, orator, and “the most famous woman in America”–is returning from Europe with her Italian husband, the Count Ossoli, and their two-year-old son. But this is not the gala return of a beloved American heroine. This is a furtive, impoverished return under a cloud of suspicion and controversy. 

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Being able to taste people’s emotions in food may at first be horrifying. But young, unassuming Rose Edelstein grows up learning to harness her gift as she becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.

Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman

In a novel based on the author’s real-life tragedy, Goldman, consumed with grief and guilt over the accidental death of his wife just before their second anniversary, obsessively collects every memory of her, especially her writings, with the hope of keeping her alive in his mind.

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend.

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution, the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone- Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. 

The Surrendered by Chang Rae Lee

June Han was only a girl when the Korean War left her orphaned; Hector Brennan was a young GI who fled the petty tragedies of his small town to serve his country. When the war ended, their lives collided at a Korean orphanage where they vied for the attentions of Sylvie Tanner, the beautiful yet deeply damaged missionary wife whose elusive love seemed to transform everything.

Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrent

Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, young physician Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for “the deathless man,” a vagabond who claimed to be immortal.

Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner

Bonded by their shared status as children of Russian émigrés in spite of disparate family experiences, Vaclav and Lena team up as aspiring magicians when Lena’s abusive domestic situation prompts her rescue by Vaclav’s mother.

New Mysteries

$10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles: a Puzzle Lady mystery by Parnell Hall

Stumbling over a murder scene while making a blackmail payment for a young attorney, Cora Felton’s efforts to solve the crime put her in the path of a killer who may be targeting her niece and her niece’s new baby.

Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch by Nancy Atherton

When Amelia Thistle moves to Finch, her new neighbors welcome her with open arms-and inquiring minds. Among them is Lori Shepherd, who isn’t fooled by Amelia’s unassuming persona. Amelia is, in fact, a world-famous artist with a rabid and eager-to-stalk fan base. In order to keep peace in Finch, Lori must help Amelia conceal her identity.

Desert Wind: a Lena Jones mystery by Betty Webb

Lena Jones investigates the area around a dangerous uranium mine outside the Grand Canyon after a public relations spokesperson for the operation is found murdered and her Pima Indian partner, Jimmy Sisiwan, is arrested for the crime.

Hurt Machine: a Moe Prager mystery by Reed Farrel Coleman.

Entreated by his ex-wife to solve the murder of her estranged sister, private investigator Moe Prager learns that the victim, a New York EMT, died after refusing to give assistance to a dying man.

The Mysterium: a Hugh Corbett medieval mystery by P. C. Doherty.

Investigating the February 1304 murder of the king’s disgraced Chief Justice, Sir Hugh Corbett sifts through clues to determine if the culprit is a vengeance-seeking adversary of the victim or a copycat killer.

Night Vision: a Naomi Blake novel by Jane A. Adams.

What had jailbird Neil Robinson been about to tell journalist Jamie Dale? Whatever it was, it got them both killed, and now DI Alec Friedman and his DCI are called away to help with the investigation.

A Parliament of Spies: a mystery by Cassandra Clark.

York archbishop Alexander Neville taps Abbess Hildegarde to accompany him on a trip to London, where she’s to serve as his spy. Before they set out, Neville’s saucier is found dead in a wine vat, evidently murdered. Set in 14th century England during the turbulent reign of Richard II.

Planning to bring some books to the beach? Please do not take the hardbound copies as the sand is very hard to get out. There are LOTS of FREE paperbacks in the Beach Basket located in the Adult Circulation area. You are welcome to take one or two and just pass them along to another reader at the beach. No need to check them out!

One comment on “aah, Summer Reading

  1. Laurie McNee says:

    Fabulous list!!  Thank you!

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