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  Summer Reading 2018 Adults

Handpicked and reviewed by our staff for 2018 summer reading! Click on the cover images for more information.
 

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

Terrific storytelling! Grace is resigned to a loveless marriage, until a fire destroys her home and her husband disappears. Grace and her children build a new life--but then he reappears.

 

Fates and Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini

Excellent historical fiction about John Wilkes Booth and the different women in his life.  The book is full of history and exposes real people.

 

Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Maris

Well-written, fast-paced and a chilling book about Apartheid.  Young Robin's life is destroyed when her parents are murdered during the early stage of the revolt.

 

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas

An engrossing story of the conflict between ambition and family. Joan selflessly embraces family life, putting her literary career on hold. When her time finally comes, her life turns upside down.

 

Pachinko by Min Jee Lee

A compelling and passionate story that follows a Korean family through four generations during Japanese colonization.  Issues of family, race, immigration, loss, and sacrifice. Rich characters.

 

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Beautifully written, heart wrenching story of thirteen year old Jojo traveling with his drug addicted mother to pick up his father from prison.  

 

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

Beautifully written story of a mystery set in an English village. As the years pass, the passage of time is charted through nature--which also exposes possible solutions.

 

Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams

Great beach read, full of twists and turns. This is a complex, convoluted mystery with constantly changing plot lines and characters that make it impossible to describe without giving it away!

 

Marlene by C.W. Gortner

A well-researched fictional version of the life of Marlene Dietrich, a fast woman, early Hollywood libertine, scandalous European and a German American. A force to be reckoned with!

 

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

An outstanding read, now in paperback, telling the fictionalized story behind Wyeth’s painting Christina’s World.  A story of a person, a time, and a place, and yet it is universal.  

 

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

A longtime local non-fiction bestseller in hardcover, now in paperback. A riveting read about the shocking series of murders of native Americans that helped establish the FBI.

 

Celine by Peter Hellier

In the latest book by Denver author, Peter Hellier, a very East-coast oriented PI finds herself out West, following grizzly tracks on the trail of a missing man.

 

Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

A novel of suspense and mystery set in present day Bulgaria with flashbacks to the Stalinist Camps era.  

 

Little French Bistro by Nina George

Lovely novel of self-discovery. A Parisian woman leaves the city in search of a different life and moves to Brittany, where she learns that it is never too late to chase a dream.

 

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Now in paperback, the extraordinary tale of refugees, set in a war-torn world very like our own, but where mysterious doors can take you from one land to another.

 

Hardcover

The Good People by Hannah Kent

A very well told historical fiction set in Ireland in the late 1800’s.  Superstition, fairies, and myths abound, giving way to a murder.

 

We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt, Park Row , April 2018

Heartwarming. Rob has a wonderful London life, with a perfect wife, beautiful home and happy son. But when tragedy strikes, Rob is alone and desolate. How can he find his way back to life?

 

The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner, (out July 2018)

An excellent historical fiction about the Tsarina Maria Feodorovna and a good look into the Russian Imperial Court as the Revolution happens.  

 

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Ernt Albright, an alcoholic and abusive Vietnam vet, loses his job and decides to move his family to Alaska to live off the grid.  If the story seems far-fetched, you haven't been to Alaska!

 

The Only Story by Julian Barnes

The joy and sadness of first love are evoked when a young man falls in love with a middle-aged woman and has a decade-long affair.