Summer Reading: Reviews from Beacon Hill Readers

The World in Half by Christina Henriquez

A young woman searches for her Panamanian father. Raised by her American mother, she has thought she was the result of an affair. Heartbreak/triumph, self-discovery, bi-culturalism — Very good!      ~ Suzanne

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

A deceptively subtle book, masterfully describing the inner life of a young Irish woman who emigrates to Brooklyn in the 1950s. Rarely is daily life, thought and feeling evoked so compellingly. ~ Lynn

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

A gripping story of love, obsession, perseverance and unlikely ultimate triumph. A journey from youth to adulthood to old age. Never-ending hope bears fruit even in the worst of times. ~ Sally

The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter

A book very much of its time and place – post mortgage crisis America. It traces the funny/sad/desperate decline and fall of a middle-aged financial journalist. ~ Lynn

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

An emotional and scary journey into early onset Alzheimer’s Disease from the patient’s point of view. A story of family strength, unity and love. ~ Sally

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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