Here’s our latest reading suggestions gathered from Readers Services staff .
A fun book for a light summer read is Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon. This modern look at love, marriage, parenting and friendship in the age of social media has a nice balance of humor, heart & heft.
The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty is a good coming of age story. Ten year old Evelyn lives in small town Kansas, smack in the middle of the United States. She’s also in the midst of family relationships, falling in love, poverty, and other complications of growing up, all seen from her eyes. Staff are also enjoying Moriarty’s latest book, The Chaperone.
If you’re into espionage and intrigue, try Chris Pavone’s debut novel, The Expats. Kate quits her job with the CIA when her husband is offered a mysterious banking job in Luxembourg. Neither spouse has been very honest with each other over the years, and there are lots of twists and turns as layer after layer of untruths are revealed.
Adults as well as teens are enjoying Veronica Roth’s two Young Adult novels, Divergent and Insurgent. In a dystopian Chicago, all sixteen year olds must choose which of five factions of society to devote the rest of their lives to.
For those who prefer nonfiction, Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas is another fun read. For you armchair travelers, it also gives a great sense of Paris. Thomas accepts a 2 year position in Paris as a copywriter for Louis Vuitton, and with an insatiable desire for sweets, she spends her free time scouring Paris for the best chocolates, pastries, breads and cheeses.