Still three weeks left to sign in for Summer Reading and the list of books being enjoyed by your fellow patrons continues to grow!
Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency by Mark K. Updegrove (973.923 UPD). Another good nonfiction book about U.S. history (patron compared it to one of my favorites of last year, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard).
Also recommended is All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt by John Taliaferro (B Hay). A fascinating look at a man who moved in the highest political circles and participated in the crafting of many major policies.
If you’re more interested in an earlier era, a young man highly recommended the audiobook version of A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age by William Manchester (AUDIO BOOK 940.21 MAN).
Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart (381.141 HAR) is a fun read about a pair of friends from Iowa who become the first women hired to work on the floor of Tiffany & Co. in 1945.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (818.602 KAL) is a memoir full of funny stories.
Turning to fiction: Under the Dome by Stephen King. This psychological thriller is not a quick read (1,074 pages!) but “really, really good.”
The legal mystery Defending Jacob by William Landay is getting lots of buzz. One patron commented, “It is somewhat sad, but really makes you ask yourself, ‘what would I do?’ if caught in similar circumstances.” Note, this description reminds me of The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman, a historical novel set in Australia that poses a heartbreaking moral dilemma.
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem by Melissa Lemon is a really interesting way to re-tell the classic Snow White fairy tale
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan is a quirky book that mixes a traditional love of books with the modern, digital world.
News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories by Jennifer Haigh. “Enjoyable short stories, especially once I started to see how they were connected”