The “best of” lists are out! Check out some of the summer reading lists below!
What are you reading this summer?
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
This book was recently on the big screen in an adaptation starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. I was surprised to see it in our collection, because I didn’t know it was originally a work of fiction. The story takes place over a long Labor Day weekend in a small New Hampshire town during a heat wave. A single mother and her twelve-year-old son bring home an escaped convict from the local Pricemart. The story that unfolds in those few days would forever change the course of their lives. Written with suspense, and such poetic insight, you are constantly wondering is this really happening? And what is going to happen when all is said and done?
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys just a really good love story.
The July list from LibraryReads is here! Add some of these titles to your summer reading list!
The GPL book clubs are reading the following books for June:
Afternoon Book Club
Thursday, June 19 at 2:00 pm
The Color of Water by James McBride
Evening Book Club
Wednesday, June 25 at 6:45 pm
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
New members always welcome!
I’ll just start by saying that I LOVED, loved, loved this book. It is going on my top ten list. Wild is an autobiographical story about one woman’s hike on the Pacific Crest trail. Strayed is a woman broken by life that goes out searching how to put it all back together. Her eloquent writing style makes the people she meets along the way pop off the page like some character out of a fiction novel. She is at times poetic, other times angry, but she never gives into self-loathing. This made me respect her, and her journey, all that much more. Some would argue that her sporadic decision to hike the PCT with little to no training was an ill-conceived idea. Others would remark that while stupid, it was brave, and she is one tough woman. If you enjoy memoirs that are also adventure stories, then I would definitely recommend you get lost in, Wild.
If you loved The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, you are not alone. It won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Check out the complete list of winners here!