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Local librarians recommend several great summer reads

Summertime is glorious and much too short to spend on the wrong book. The librarians at the Eagle Valley Library District have sifted through hundreds of this summer’s best and most anticipated reads and recommend the following titles for your precious time in the hammock this weekend.

Is your favorite on the list? Stop by the libraries and let us know what you recommend!

“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” by Karen Joy Fowler

Recommended by: Cortni O’Brien

“To say too much about the latest novel by Karen Joy Fowler would be to spoil the surprise, but curious readers will get a major hint from the cover art.

I was captivated by this novel. Main character Rosemary Cooke’s father was a psychologist in the 1970s.

He conducted an experiment on his own children that changed the family dynamic forever.

Now in her 30s, Rosemary reflects back on her early childhood to uncover what went wrong and why she is the only one of three Cooke children not ‘behind bars.’”

“Life after Life,” by Kate Atkinson

Recommended by: Diane Levin

“Life after Life by Kate Atkinson is my favorite book of the year so far. Kate Atkinson is a wonderful writer and in ‘Life after Life’ gives us a glimpse of the power of a writer’s creativity. Starting with her birth, the novel takes Ursula Todd through multiple iterations of her life, set against the epic backdrop of England before and during World War II. The sense of history is powerful but the thought provoking aspect of the novel is the idea that one life can have so many possibilities. Where will the road take you?”

“Bad Monkey,” by Carl Hiaasen

Recommended by: Julie Richards

“I always look forward to anything new by Carl Hiaasen, whether it is a book for children or adults. His latest, ‘Bad Monkey,’ is laugh-out-loud funny and does not disappoint. Filled with Hiaasen’s signature wacky characters and bizarre events, he still gets across his message of the awful way in which Florida (and the Bahamas as well) has been and continues to be degraded, without being didactic. I listened to this book, narrated by Arte Johnson, and while he could have better differentiated the voices of the varied characters, he did a great job of voicing the irony and sarcasm of the story. Hiaasen has written many, many books that do have a few characters in common, but can be read in any order.”

“And the Mountains Echoed,” by Khaled Hosseini

Recommended by: Michelle Marx

“I’m excited to read Khaled Hosseini’s newest novel, ‘And the Mountains Echoed,’ which came out in May. This is a story of families and family ties that extends from Afghanistan to Paris, San Francisco, and Greece. I loved Hosseini’s other novels, ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ and imagine that his third effort will also prove that he is a master storyteller.”

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Recommended by: Jaci Spuhler

“Gothic fiction of the Soviet era ... who knew? These tales have not been available for public consumption and yet the authors, Bryusov, Bulgakov, Grin, Krzhizhanovksy and Chayanov, are all names recognized by those familiar with Russian literature of the era. In this genre, gothic fiction, these authors deal with ghosts, insanity, obsession and the realities of a new political order and industrialization. It’s available for checkout as soon as I finish!”

“The Returned,” by Jason Mott

Recommended by: Anne Johnson

“I cannot wait to read this highly anticipated debut by Jason Mott. All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one understands why this is happening. Is it a miracle or a sign of the end times? As more and more are ‘returned,’ chaos erupts around the globe and everyone is forced to navigate this new reality and to question what it means to be human. This novel is scheduled to be released in August.”

“A Hundred Summers,” by Beatriz Williams

Recommended by: Amy Gornikiewicz

“Readers who enjoy period pieces rich with atmosphere, details and drama may find this year’s perfect beach read in ‘A Hundred Summers’ by Beatriz Williams. The novel opens on Memorial Day, 1938, in the seaside community of Seaview, Rhode Island. Lily Dane and her family have just arrived from Manhattan for their annual summer visit. As individual characters are forced into a storm of their own emotions and collective pasts, Seaview is about to face a storm of its own in the form of the hurricane that will become known as the Long Island Express. Filled with scandal, deception and family secrets A Hundred Summers is the perfect novel to get lost in on a summer’s day. Williams tackles the issues of class and privilege as well as anti-Semitism with a true understanding of the era.”

“Z: Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Colora Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald,” by Therese Fowler

Recommended by: Robyn Bryant

“Z is a historical fiction piece that depicts the relationship of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, who were quite the infamous literary, celebrity couple in the roaring 20s. The story begins with their meeting and courtship when Zelda Sayre is a young and rebellious southern belle in Montgomery, Alabama. Told in first person account by Zelda, the reader gets a feel for what their relationship may have been like. These two were both headstrong and lively, which made for a passionate yet turbulent relationship. Other notable authors are portrayed, as well as an interesting focus on the friendship between Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.”


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