2012 Best Summer Reading, Part 1

July 23, 2012

Any day is a good day for reading but many of us seem to have more time to read during vacations– which often happen during the summer, hence the proliferation of summer reading lists. If you’re looking for a good read, we’ve got plenty to offer in our stacks; let one of our librarians make some suggestions for your next favorite book.  Here is a partial list of our recommendations from June’s arrivals:

The Age Of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
A painstakingly researched debut imagines the coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth’s rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life. A first novel.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The award-winning author of The Financial Lives of the Poets presents his most romantic and enjoyable novel yet that follows a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet, which draws him into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters.

Capital by John Lanchester
Residents of Pepys Road in London receive odd, anonymous postcards demanding “We Want What You Have” during the financial meltdown of 2008 in this new novel from the best-selling author of The Debt to Pleasure.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
When a beautiful woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage and a mysterious illness; while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred. By the best-selling author of Dark Places

Heading Out To Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
In a small 1940s Virginia town, mysterious stranger Charlie Beale meets Sylvan Glass, the teen bride of the town’s richest man, and Sam Haislett, the 5-year-old son of owner of the butcher shop where Charlie gets a job, and soon the interaction between the three of them alters the town forever. By the #1 best-selling author of A Reliable Wife.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
Pursuing what she hopes will be a positive relationship with new boyfriend Patrick, hypnotherapist Ellen learns that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, a situation that Ellen finds professionally fascinating before discovering the woman’s identity. By the author of What Alice Forgot

Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
When her handsome new neighbor encourages her to confront her fears, Catherine Bailey, the victim of a violent attack at the hands of a man whose good looks hid a dark, violent nature, finally believes in the possibility of love and a normal life until one phone call changes everything.

The Lady Cyclists Guide To Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson
In 1923, Eva English and her devout sister Lizzie embark on a journey to be missionaries in the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, while in modern-day London, a young woman’s act of kindness to a Yemeni refugee results in an unexpected journey.

Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River by Jeremy Seal
A sumptuously detailed tour of the once-majestic river evaluates its role as a cultural venue between the Eastern and Western worlds, describing the author’s canoe trips along the river’s length to trace its history, the diverse groups that live near its edge and the role of industrialization in transforming Turkey. By the author of The Snakebite Survivors’ Club

Mission To Paris by Alan Furst
Arriving in Paris on the eve of the Munich Appeasement in 1938, Hollywood star Frederic Stahl is unwittingly entangled in the region’s shifting political currents when he discovers that his latest film is linked to the destinies of fascists, German Nazis and Hollywood publicists. By the author of Spies of the Balkans
Be sure to browse our new non-fiction shelves for the decorating, gardening and cook books that are certain to provide a summer’s worth of delicious ideas.

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  1. […] you’ve had a chance to read through the first group of 2012 Best Summer Reading. This second group contains a lot of the books that were released in July, many of which still have […]

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