Summer Reads: Green Lake and International District reader suggestions

Want to share what you’re reading? Enter the Adult Summer Reading Program at any branch (or downtown at the Central Library), write one or two sentences about three books you’ve read. You’ll be entered in a weekly drawing to win a book bag (one winner per week at each location; lots of chances to win!).

Greek Lake readers recommend:

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway.

I’ve read almost all of Hemingway’s fiction, but have never before read this autobiography which covers 5 years in Paris. An intriquing, nonchalant account of his life, his approach to writing, and the daily lives of famous 1920’s expat authors.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. 

The story centers around Liesel, a young girl living near Munich, Germany. Her foster father teaches her how to read and she becomes obsessed with books. It is her book-stealing and story-telling talents which help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding. A riveting account of life in Germany during WWII.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan.

Pollan’s account of the industrial food chain impressed upon me the extent to which man has perverted nature to suit his largely short-sighted purposes. I was a little bit disappointed, however, that the author did not offer a clear-cut answer to the “what to eat ” question.

International District / Chinatown readers recommend: 

The Laughing Buddha of Tofukuji: The Life of Zen Master Keido Fukushima by Ishwar C. Harris

Within the Zen tradition, a Zen master is a Buddha. His enlightenment is to be reflected through his life & message. Keido (Buddism’s teacher), his lecture derived from Zen Buddhism in general.

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

Luling Young searches for the name of her mother trying to hold on to evaporating past. Meanwhile, her daughter, Ruth, loses the ability to speak up for herself. Ruth starts suspecting that something is terribly wrong with her mother.

Holes by Louis Sashar (Chinese translation)

A young boy, Stanley, gets in trouble and gets sent to summer camp for the whole summer. Camp is not what he expected it to be. Instead, he spends his whole summer digging holes looking for lost treasure and making new friends.


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