Summer Reads: Fremont and Queen Anne reader suggestions

Want to share what you’re reading? Enter the Adult Summer Reading Program at any branch (or downtown at the Central Library), write one or two sentences about three books you’ve read. You’ll be entered in a weekly drawing to win a book bag (one winner per week at each location; lots of chances to win!).book cover of loving frank

Readers on Queen Anne recommend:

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Part fact and part fiction, a poignant love story between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick. Mamah and her husband commission Wright to design a house for them and a passionate love story begins.

Kalooki Nights by Howard Jacobson
Max Glickman, a Jewish cartoonist whose seminal work is a comic-book history of Jewish suffering (Five Thousand Years of Bitterness), recalls his childhood in a British suburb in the 1950s. Really good writing — oh, those Brits!

Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas
Wow. A librarian’s memoir about how all the other librarians are all idiots who don’t like books. I certainly am glad I never have to work at the same library as Scott. He seems like an idiot himself.

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Summer Reads: Wallingford and Ballard readers offer suggestions

How do you find what to read next? Most of us count on personal recommendations from friends and neighbors (and, of course, librarians!). As part of the Adult Summer Reading Program, readers throughout Seattle are writing super short “reviews” of what they’ve been reading.

Readers in Wallingford recommend:

The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters
A Brother Cadfael mystery set in 12th century England. A Welsh monk helps unravel the mystery behind a wealthy goldsmith’s murder and protects an innocent juggler accused of the crbook cover for The Miracle At Speedy Motorsime.

The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith
Another title in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series; I appreciate the quiet writing style, the contemplative nature of Mma Precious Ramotswe and a glimpse into the culture of Botswana.

Pushing up Daisies: A Dirty Business Mystery by Rosemary Harris
A delightful mystery by a master gardener who knows her stuff. I hope she’ll continue and make this a series!

Lost Horizon by James Hilton
This book inspired me so much. It’s a forgotten classic about the promise of Shangri-La. Beautiful, thought provoking, and a real page-turner at the same time.

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Summer reading program — for adults!

watermelon on stack of booksIt’s Summer Reading time! String up the hammock, pour a glass of lemonade and dive into those beach reads you’ve waited all winter to enjoy. Read, or listen to, three books, write brief reviews and turn in your entry form at any Seattle Public Library. Your reviews will be anonymously displayed to give your neighbors ideas of what to read next, and your name will be entered into a drawing to win a beautiful Booklover’s Bag featuring the artwork (left) of Seattle artist Margaret Chodos-Irvine. We’ll give away one book bag at each branch each week throughout the summer.  A huge thank you to the Friends of The Seattle Public Library for their support of this program.

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An Ode to Almost Summer — and author Marisa de los Santos

cover of book belong to meIt’s almost summer. Enjoy the smell of fresh grass clippings, the taste of iced tea with lemon and mint, the feel of a lazy doze in a hammock and the pleasure of a duo of charming, literate, feel-good novels by author Marisa de los Santos. The author’s first novel, Love Walked In, describes the warm relationship between 30-something Philadelphia coffee shop manager Cornelia Brown and 11-year-old Clare, a child of divorce whose mother is quietly falling apart. This sweet uplifting story has already been optioned for a movie.

De los Santos’ second novel, Belong to Me, follows Cornelia and her new husband as they leave the city for the suburbs and Cornelia, at first lonely, soon becomes entangled in her new friends’ lives.
Celebrate almost-summer with these sunny novels.            ~ Susan F.