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Our 2022 Summer Reading Program Picks
August 8 to August 14, 2022
August 1 to August 7, 2022
Introducing our Summer Reading Program 2022
Here is the explanation for the symbols we used to sort our book picks.
Book Picks for Week 2 – August 8 to August 14, 2022
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch: “A lot of professors give talks titled ‘The Last Lecture.’ Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?”
- One’s Company by Ashley Hutson: “Bonnie Lincoln just wants to be left alone. To come home from work, shut out the ghosts of some devastating losses, and unwind in front of the nostalgic, golden glow of her favorite TV show, Three's Company. When Bonnie wins the lottery, a more grandiose vision—to completely shuck off her own troublesome identity—takes shape.”
- The Catch by Alison Fairbrother: “Two years out of college, Ellie Adler has a job in journalism, an older lover, and a circle of smart friends. Her beloved father, James, who has children from three marriages, unites the family with his gentle humor and charisma, but Ellie has always believed she is her father's favorite. When he suddenly dies, she finds herself devastated by the unexpected loss.”
- The Scandalous Hamiltons: A Gilded Age Grifter, a Founding Father Disgraced Descendant, and a Trial at the Dawn of Tabloid Journalism by Bill Shaffer: “It's a story almost too tawdry to be true — a con woman prostitute who met the descendant of a Founding Father in a brothel, duped him into marriage using an infant purchased from a baby farm, then went to prison for stabbing the couple's baby nurse — all while in a common-law marriage with another man. The scandal surrounding Evangeline and Robert Ray Hamilton, though little known today, was one of the sensations of the Gilded Age, a sordid, gripping tale involving bigamy, bribery, sex, and violence.”
- Liars series: Family of Liars and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: “A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.”
- Jackie & Me by Louis Bayard: “In 1951, former debutante Jacqueline Bouvier is hard at work as the Inquiring Camera Girl for a Washington newspaper. Her mission in life is “not to be a housewife,” but when she meets the charismatic congressman Jack Kennedy at a Georgetown party, her resolution begins to falter. Soon the two are flirting over secret phone calls, cocktails, and dinner dates, and as Jackie is drawn deeper into the Kennedy orbit, and as Jack himself grows increasingly elusive and absent, she begins to question what life at his side would mean.”
- The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt: “Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living-and whom he does it for.”
Book Picks for Week 1 – August 1 to August 7, 2022
- The Midcoast by Adam White: “It’s spring in the tiny town of Damariscotta, a tourist haven on the coast of Maine known for its oysters and antiques. Andrew, a high school English teacher recently returned to the area, has brought his family to Ed and Steph Thatch’s sprawling riverside estate to attend a reception for the Amherst women’s lacrosse team.”
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: “Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.”
- Seven Days in June by Tia Williams: “Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget, and seven days to get it all back again...”
- Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: “When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn't always so rhythmic.”
- Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach: “It's a classic! ‘One of the most important utopian novels of the twentieth century that still has very important lessons to teach us. It will always convey to perfection the wild optimism of that moment: a feeling we need to recapture, adjusted for our time.’—Kim Stanley Robinson on Ecotopia.”
- While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams: “Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together—excelling in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family.”
- The Last Great Road Bum by Héctor Tobar: “In The Last Great Road Bum, Héctor Tobar turns the peripatetic true story of a naive son of Urbana, Illinois, who died fighting with guerrillas in El Salvador into the great American novel for our times.”