More Summer Reads for Summer (??) Days

So, I’m not really sure what is going on with temperatures and such here this summer – but between the rain and the general cold, it seems like summer is on a vacation!  Hopefully it will be short-lived.  One positive to the dreary days is that they are the perfect companion to a good book.  Rather than lounging by the pool or beach with a good read, why not curl up on the couch or in your favorite chair with a cuppa and try one of these works, recommended by Cathy R. from our Reference Department.

think of a numberThink of a Number, by John Verdon – cleverly plotted contemporary suspense

An extraordinary fiction debut, Think of a Number is an exquisitely plotted novel of suspense that grows relentlessly darker and more frightening as its pace accelerates, forcing its deeply troubled characters to moments of startling self-revelation.  A work that defies easy labels — at once a propulsive masterpiece of suspense and an absorbing immersion in the lives of characters so real we seem to hear their heartbeats – Think of a Number is a novel you’ll not soon forget.  (From

Lottery, by Patricia Wood – feel-good fictionLottery

Perry’s IQ is only 76, but he’s not stupid.  His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive: She taught him to write things down so he won’t forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week.  And, most important, she taught him whom to trust. When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of thirty-one.  Then his weekly Washington State Lottery ticket wins him 12 million dollars, and he finds he has more family than he knows what to do with.  Peopled with characters both wicked and heroic who leap off the pages, Lottery is a deeply satisfying, gorgeously rendered novel about trust, loyalty, and what distinguishes us as capable.  (From Continue reading