Summer reading: Suggestions from Southwest and Delridge readers

Emily’s Ghost by Denise Giardina
What a fabulous look into the lives of the Bronte sisters! I almost felt as though I walked upon the moors with Emily.
    ~Sarah, Southwest

Child of Fire by Harry Connolly
Gritty urban fantasy without swooning romance- so refreshing! Well-imagined world only subtly different from our own. The main character is reliable and you care about him.
  ~Feydras, Southwest

The Making of a Stand-up Guy by Charlie Murphy with Chris Millis
The surprising and engrossing memoir from Charlie Murphy, brother of famed comedian, actor, and entertainer Eddie Murphy. It’s about the funny nature of fame, family, and finding yourself after 40.
     ~George, Southwest

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
Not even 30 years old, Obreht has written a novel wise in the truth of aspiration, hopelessness, war, life, death. Her characters of all ages are real and have an almost tangible physicality. Her tale is mythic without ever leaving the realm of flesh and blood.
   ~Brenda, Southwest

A Time to Kill by John Grisham
A wonderful book. Some readers call Grisham “mystery lite”. I think he is a great story teller. I’ve read many. And liked most. A terrible crime in the South. Little girl is raped by two drunk rednecks. Father realized that typically the jury will free the white rapists. So he shoots them in a crowded courthouse. The results are for you to read.
     ~Alden, Southwest

Brain Rules by John Medina
I wish I had read this book when my daughter was young. It describes learning processes that each parent should be armed with. It is very understandable.
     ~Harvey, Southwest

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
A fanstastic book. A book that opens your mind and provides you with a much better understanding of the migration of Black citizens from the South to the North that often goes unrecognized as am immigration within our own country. This book would make a great companion read to “The Help.”
  ~Lisa, Southwest

Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong
A werewolf book with plenty of action and humor. I love Kelley Armstrong. She makes you care about her characters.
     ~Darcie, Southwest

Townie by Andre Dubus III
Memoir of Dubus’ life as a child and how he eventually became a writer. Superb writing, use of imagery and suspense! A real page turner! Almost a miracle that he achieved the success he did despite a very rough childhood- it seems unbelievable except for the fact that it’s a true story!
  ~Rachel, Delridge

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 Continue reading “Summer Reads: Delridge, Madrona and South Park readers share a few suggestions”