Summer reading: More reviews from readers at our Southwest Branch

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
A cult classic I’d avoided because it seemed too grotesque – which it is – but it has an amazing level of depth and brilliance. Mind blowing! ~ Karen

Fate Is the Hunter by Ernest J. Gann
Commercial flying pre-World War II and events during war. If you think flying is scary now, check this out. ~ Jim

Bold Spirit by Linda Hunt
Non-fiction. True story about Helga Estby’s forgotten walk across Victorian America. Family and friends almost totally disowned her. She had hoped to earn enough money to save the family farm. ~ Charlotte

Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
Sardonic, offensive and “hold your belly” funny. Picture a Holocaust theme where the reader is recommended to avoid HOPE. A terrific read! ~ Beatrice

I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn
Fictional account of the heroine. Writing style is narrative, but a blend between past and present, and first and third person. Poetic.  ~ Anonymoys

Map of Bones by James Rollins
Adventure and mystery. Religious science fiction involving the magi. Quick read. Very enjoyable. Favorite new author. ~ Christie

The Witness by Nora Roberts
Very intriguing. Felt like you were running from mob. ~ Lillian

A Cat’s Diary: How the Broadway Production of Cats was Born by Stephen Mo Hanan
Fascinating snapshot of a former street performer and spiritual seeker as he prepares to bring Andrew Lloyd Weber’s phenomenon – Cats – to the Broadway stage. Decptively profound and touching rendering of a lightweight subject. Also a peek into gay life in NYC as AIDS was beginning to appear. ~ Helen

The Waikiki Widow by Juanita Sheridan
Written in 1953, a vintage Hawaiian mystery, with two engaging protagonists. Very entertaining.  ~ Susan

Still a few days to enter to win one of 20 Kindles we have to give away! 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.

Summer reading: Reviews from readers at our Southwest branch

Feed by Mira Grant
Loved it!!! Couldn’t put it down. The zombies are here to stay. Bloggers saved the day and are here to stay also. A sci-fi with drama and action. ~ Trudy

The Half-stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter
This book really brings together an odd assortment of characters. You are reminded not to judge a book by its cover. It made me laugh and cry. ~ Darcie

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
There is a story here if you can get by the really juvenile writing. I just couldn’t love this book but was willing to see if it could get better. ~ Sarah

War Beneath the Waves: A True Story of Courage and Leadership Aboard a World War II Submarine by Don Keith
This is the story of the Billfish submarine in combat with an incompetent captain who almost killed the crew. A young lieutenant took over and led the crew to safety. ~ Marty

The Girl in Blue by P.G. Wodehouse
Love Jeeves and Wooster? The author brings the same sense of humor to a new set of characters. Find out who gets the girl in blue. ~ Wendy

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!

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