We have just a little over a month before we say good bye to summer and hello to fall, which gives you plenty of time to read some of former president Barack Obama’s summer reading favorites!
Toni Morrison’s collected works, including Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, and Beloved – a longtime popular author even before her death at the beginning of August. I definitely suggest placing a request since her books have been flying off the shelf!
If you’re still working away on your Adult Summer Book Bingo, we’re back with some suggestions for authors from Mexico and Canada to check out. I’ve focused on writers with a new book out in the past few years, but try our longer list in the catalog for even more suggestions including some classic authors from each country.
A particular satisfaction can be found in reading that mirrors the season outside, a satisfaction you can revel in while filling the BookBingoNW category Set in Summer. From coming-of-age, to mystery, to general fiction and nonfiction, we have ideas to get you started.
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
Over the course of one transformative summer a teen boy and a summer guest at his parents’ home on the Italian Riviera pursue an unexpected and swift romance. Elio is a bookish 17-year-old still discovering his place in the world; Oliver is a 24-year-old scholar who knows exactly the impact of his looks on people of all ages and genders. (This was also recently adapted into a movie, if you’re looking to fill that square). Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2019: Set in Summer”
Looking for something to fill in your Book Bingo “Science” square? Something that will stretch your brain? How about a fascinating page-turner that somehow makes complex topics easy to grasp? Here are some titles that bear no resemblance to a dusty chemistry textbook:
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes by Adam Rutherford
The first complete sequencing of the human genome in 2003 (as part of The Human Genome Project) opened the floodgates to voluminous scientific data which are changing our understanding of the human species. Rutherford, a British geneticist and science writer, explains how recent genetic research upends much of what we thought we knew about evolution, migration, race and more. He writes in an engaging and at times humorous style. According to the New York Times Book Review, this book is “Nothing less than a tour de force–a heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling.” Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2019: Science”
Welcome to another year of Summer Book Bingo and suggestions for the category “set in the NW!” This category is one of my favorites because it gives me a chance to explore my home region in fiction. Find these titles and other suggestions here.
While I’m native to Portland, OR, there’s one book that made me want to call the Puget Sound region home: David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars. I read it as a teen and fell in love with the lush descriptions of the San Juan Islands. The novel is a moving portrait of what happened to the region’s smaller communities in the face of the Japanese-American internment camps of WWII. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2019: Set in the Northwest”