Summer Reads: Southwest, Northgate and Northeast readers offer suggestions

Book recommendations are rolling in from all over Seattle as part of the Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program.

Readers at the Southwest Branch recommend:

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
I did not want to put this book down. It was so hard to stop reading it and get on with a real life. Previous Sedaris books made me smile or chuckle, but this one made me breathless with laughter on nearly every page. He’s really hit his stride now! Loved it!

Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
An exciting epic story as artfully fold as his Cold Mountain. With only 2 books published, Frazier is high on my list of writers highly skilled in picking his characters and giving them a compelling tale to tell.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
Blue Van Meer is talented and smart, but when her beloved teacher dies she has to solve the mystery even if it incriminates her family.

The Grand Sophy by Georgett Heyer
Imagine a character even more involved in others lives than Jane Austen’s Emma and you have Sophy. She uses her smarts to care for her friends and family but her methods are sometimes questionable. Great fun!

Up at the Northgate Branch readers recommend:

The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
Artistic, smart, witty – I absolutely love this author’s collection of work. Her children’s books rack so I was very excited to see more of how her incredible mind works and this did no disappoint. A Yummy pictorial diary/journal/flight of fancy. It inspires one to get ones “artist” on.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
The story of Mary Boleyn, her older sister Anne and their brother George. There three siblings were quite tight knitted even though Mary and Anne were constant rivals in everything, especially for the King’s favor. Mary became Henry’s mistress but had to step aside to make way for the ambitious Anne.

Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
When Sookie broke up with Bill the Vampire she thought her supernatural troubles were over. But then, Eric shows up without his memory and Sookie must safeguard him from a passe of outlaw witches.

Over at the Northeast Branch, readers recommended:

Summer Reading by Hilma Wolitzer
At first I thought chick lit – women in the Hamptons paying a retired English prof to lead a book group. But this had more substance than I expected, and I did care what happened to the characters as they learned about life, unexpectedly, from their reading.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This story of human failings and human triumph amidst the horror of the Taliban in Afghanistan is the best book I’ve read in a long time. The characterizations of Amir, Hassan, and Baba are flawless. After Hassan’s death, I finished the book with tears in my eyes.

She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel
A memoir in which the author’s mother, who has previously spent most of her time on the living room couch reading, knitting, watching TV and talking on the phone, decides to go to college. Her adventures (and her daughter’s) are often very funny.

We want to hear what you’ve been reading, too! Simply complete the Adult Summer Reading Program form and drop it off at your neighborhood branch or the Central Library downtown.

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