Recommended Summer Reads – Part Two

I know that our tagline says “More Than Just Books,” but c’mon, working in a library one can’t help but like reading and recommending books!  Old books, new books, bad books, and good books – they are all fair game.

So, keeping that in mind here is a group of titles submitted by one of our Reference Librarians and fearless book club leader, Cathy R.  Stay tuned for Part Three next week.  Happy reading!

lost lakeLost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen – a bit magical

Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else, which is why it’s the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal.  Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake.  It was a place for dreaming.  But Kate doesn’t believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake’s owner, wants to sell the place and move on.  Lost Lake’s magic is gone.  As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life? (From www.goodreads.com)

pollyFollowing Polly, by Karen Bergreen – laugh-out-loud funny

Would you call Alice Teakle a stalker?  Or just someone with an, um, healthy obsession with golden girl Polly Linley Dawson?  No one much notices Alice: not her boss, not the neighbors, not even her Mother.  When she loses her job and starts to follow Polly Dawson one Manhattan autumn afternoon, Alice stumbles on the object of her attention sprawled dead on the floor of a boutique.  Alice is forced to become truly beneath anyone’s notice. Invisible, in fact, because she’s accused of murder. (From www.goodreads.com)

invisible cityInvisible City, by Julia Dahl – debut author

Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, a Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion.  Neither Rebekah nor her father has heard from her since.  Now Rebekah has moved to New York City to become a big-city reporter.  But she’s also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn.  Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman.  Rebekah’s shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD’s habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder.  Rebekah can’t let the story end there. But getting to the truth won’t be easy-even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it’s clear that she’s not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider. (From www.goodreads.com)

summer at tiffanySummer at Tiffany, by Marjorie Hart – memoir

Do you remember the best summer of your life?  New York City, 1945.  Marjorie Jacobson and her best friend, Marty Garrett, arrive fresh from Iowa hoping to find summer positions as shopgirls.  Turned away from the top department stores, they miraculously find jobs as pages at Tiffany & Co., becoming the first women to ever work on the sales floor–a diamond-filled day job replete with Tiffany blue shirtwaist dresses from Bonwit Teller’s–and the envy of all their friends.  Hart takes us back to the magical time when she and Marty rubbed elbows with the rich and famous; pinched pennies to eat at the Automat; experienced nightlife at La Martinique; and danced away their weekends with dashing midshipmen. (From www.goodreads.com)

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