Summer Reads: Delridge, Madrona and South Park readers share a few suggestions

Espionage, werewolves, Ivy League and the Ivory Coast — aaah, summer reading! Take a look at the varied reading happening around town, with a sampling of titles recommended by Seattle readers. We’d love to hear what you’re reading, too! Sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program and share your recommendations with other book lovers around town.

Readers in Delridge recommend:

Restless by William Boyd
In this story of WWII espionage, the author gives up plenty of hints to put together an outcome, but the details of spy-work, the intriguing characters and the post-action vantage point from which the story is told all made it very difficult to stop reading. Great read!!

A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League by Ron Suskind
Cedric Jennings is a young Black man trying to break out of the ‘hood in D.C. In a world where the cycle of poverty, drugs, and violence threaten his every move, Cedric manages to make it to Brown University but not without struggle and triumph.

Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn
I love this series – snappy dialogue, easy reading. Kitty is a werewolf who defies the supernatural community by hosting a talk show and being very public about her life. This continues the storylines of the previous books in the series.”

South Park readers suggest:

Mental Floss Presents In the Beginning (Mary Carmichael, Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur, editors)
Tells the origin of things as diverse as crossword puzzles and spaceships. Good bathroom or coffee table book but with a lot more zany—and ocassionaly crass—depth. Revives your desire for learning.

Todo sobre la imagen del éxito by Gaby Vargas
Nos enseña cómo comportamos adecadamente en diferentes circumstancias de la vida.

Daughter of the Ganges by Asha Miró
A memoir of woman who was adopted from India and her journey back from her home in Spain. She now gives lectures to adoptive parents and children.


Highlander Ever After by Jennifer Ashley
To save their life from her treacherous ex husband to be, a woman from Nigeria is sent to the Highlands of Scotland. There she is protected with a traveling contingent, by the laird of a delapidated castle and friend of her father.

In the Madrona neighborhood, at the Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch, readers recommended these titles:

Ms. Etta’s Fast House by Victor McGlothin
Fast-paced book set back in the mid-1950s through 1960s. Four aspiring African American surgeons set off to complete their residency programs at one of the few medical facilities that accept African American doctors.

A Song Flung Up to Heaven by Maya Angelou
Her sixth in the series of Angelou’s autobiographies: focuses on her life during the dark times of the Civil Rights Movement—the devastation wrought personally and culturally by the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., and the riots in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Aya by Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerre
Another great example of a graphic novel achieving “literary” status. Abouet’s account of coming of age in the Côte d’Ivoire (Africa’s Ivory Coast) should be associated with the pioneers of literary comics, such as Spiegelman’s Maus and Satrapi’s Persepolis.

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