Summer reading: Reviews from readers at our Northeast Branch

Cakes and Ale by Somerset W. Maugham
An old book with language used at the time in Britain. Smooth writing with an easy beat to follow. Interesting descriptions of people and places. ~ Carol

Harlem: The Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America by Jonathan Gill
A fascinating history of the growth and change of this region of Manhattan – the people, the cultures, the politics. You may want to a good map to accompany your reading! ~ Kathleen

Basic by Jack Jacobs
Humorous, anecdote-filled book ion bootcamp/basic military training from the 1940s to the present. It was interesting to read about the psychology behind some of the hardships as well as integration in the services over the years. ~ Joanne 

The False Inspector Dew by Peter Lovesey 
Funny and clever mystery aboard the Mauretania in 1921. Written in 1982 but spot on for period. With nearly everyone has a con or a secret, this one will keep you on your toes. ~ Josie

What are you reading this summer? Sign up online for our summer reading program for adults — or drop by a branch and fill out a quick review form. For each three books you read and review, we’ll enter you in a drawing for a Kindle. We have 20 Kindles to give away to teen and adult readers this summer!

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