Summer reading: Suggestions from Southwest and Delridge readers

Emily’s Ghost by Denise Giardina
What a fabulous look into the lives of the Bronte sisters! I almost felt as though I walked upon the moors with Emily.
     ~Sarah, Southwest

Child of Fire by Harry Connolly
Gritty urban fantasy without swooning romance- so refreshing! Well-imagined world only subtly different from our own. The main character is reliable and you care about him.
     ~Feydras, Southwest

The Making of a Stand-up Guy by Charlie Murphy with Chris Millis
The surprising and engrossing memoir from Charlie Murphy, brother of famed comedian, actor, and entertainer Eddie Murphy. It’s about the funny nature of fame, family, and finding yourself after 40.
     ~George, Southwest

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
Not even 30 years old, Obreht has written a novel wise in the truth of aspiration, hopelessness, war, life, death. Her characters of all ages are real and have an almost tangible physicality. Her tale is mythic without ever leaving the realm of flesh and blood. 
     ~Brenda, Southwest

A Time to Kill by John Grisham
A wonderful book. Some readers call Grisham “mystery lite”. I think he is a great story teller. I’ve read many. And liked most. A terrible crime in the South. Little girl is raped by two drunk rednecks. Father realized that typically the jury will free the white rapists. So he shoots them in a crowded courthouse. The results are for you to read.
     ~Alden, Southwest

Brain Rules by John Medina
I wish I had read this book when my daughter was young. It describes learning processes that each parent should be armed with. It is very understandable.
     ~Harvey, Southwest

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
A fanstastic book. A book that opens your mind and provides you with a much better understanding of the migration of black citizens from the South to the North that often goes unrecognized as am immigration within our own country. This book would make a great companion read to “The Help.”
     ~Lisa, Southwest

Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong
A werewolf book with plenty of action and humor. I love Kelley Armstrong. She makes you care about her characters.
     ~Darcie, Southwest

Townie by Andre Dubus III
Memoir of Dubus’ life as a child and how he eventually became a writer. Superb writing, use of imagery and suspense! A real page turner! Almost a miracle that he achieved the success he did despite a very rough childhood- it seems unbelievable except for the fact that it’s a true story!
     ~Rachel, Delridge

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One Response to Summer reading: Suggestions from Southwest and Delridge readers

  1. Melinda says:

    We just visited Orkney, islands north of the Scottish mainland. I bought The Italian Chapel by Philip Paris which describes the building of a chapel by Italian POWs during WWII. The chapel is an exquisite work of art, built in a Nissen hut (what we’d call a Quonset hut) with found objects and dearly purchased supplies. It is an inspiring story set in a cold, windy locale. Alas, I didn’t find it in SPL’s collection, but the story can be googled.

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