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Fiction: The Switch by Elmore Leonard

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 10 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Switch book cover

Meet Ordell and Louis, two small-time crooks in search of a get-rich-quick scheme. Everything they dream seems within reach when they kidnap a millionaire’s wife and hold her for ransom. It all goes without a hitch…until the husband doesn’t want her back.

A light caper novel with a gift for flavorful dialogue and for the details of Detroit, The Switch exemplifies author Elmore Leonard’s hard-boiled leanings and dry humor. The mismatched trio of abductors and victim is great fun, and wife Mickey turns out to be the real draw. The fun can continue for book-to-movie buffs; it was adapted as the 2014 release Life of Crime.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite or new-to-you genre (crime fiction), a book with a big city setting, or as one that was made into a movie.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a (darkly) humorous book, one with a big city setting, or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: The Fireman by Joe Hill

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 11 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

The fireman book coverWhile it might be tough to get this consuming book done in only 11 days, if you have a long commute or are up for the challenge try the latest Joe Hill book, The Fireman. An infection has started to overwhelm the human population and people are starting to burst into flames. The exact cause, while guessed at, is not known for sure. No one appears to be truly safe in this world, including Harper Willowes, who we learn pretty early on is pregnant.  Read by Kate Mulgrew, who is known for her role as Red on Orange is the New Black, the audiobook is particularly absorbing.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This horror book may be counted as a book from your favorite genre or one you have tried before.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book highlighted on our MPPL website.

Fiction: Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 12 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Yoko Tawada’s Memoirs of a Polar Bear is a allegorical novel that is compulsively readable. It is the story of three generations of polar bears, all of whom express a deep-seated need to tell their stories by writing autobiographies, starting with their Russian matriarch. The story weaves its way through the agonies and adulation of life as a captive animal entrapped in various situations; yet the bears find comfort in the attention that comes from performing in front of an audience. At many points this novel has a dreamlike dissonance, exploring the cravings of companionship and sense of purpose through the personification of polar bears. It combines whimsy with a serious study of life under an oppressive political regime and the ways in which nature seeks to right itself no matter what the circumstances.

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a book  from a genre you haven’t tried, a book everyone is talking about or a book with a person of color as the author.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book that’s been translated from another language or a book with a person of color as the author.

Nonfiction: All the Lives I Want by Alana Massey

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 13 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

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Are you a Winona or a Gwyneth? How many times have you seen Mary Kate Olsen without Ashley Olsen? What do these questions mean and why does that matter? In All the Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to be Famous Strangers, Alana Massey uses her obsession with famous figures to examine womanhood, society, and celebrity culture in general. With chapter subtitles like, “On Lil’ Kim, Nicki Minaj, and the Art of Manufactured Beef,” and “A Case for the Liberation of Scarlett Johansson from Lost in Translation,” Massey covers a lot of ground and digs deep while still maintaining a light touch. This collection is one pop culture aficionados will not want to miss!

 Read this for Summer Reading.

For the DIY Designers…
This book may be counted as a nonfiction book.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book highlighted on the MPPL website and

Fiction: The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 14 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Caretaker of Lorne Field book cover

Nine generations of firstborn Durkin sons have been paid by the town to do nothing but pull weeds from a field. Well, not weeds exactly. According to lore, the life forms being pulled from the ground are not plants but Aukowies, and if they aren’t constantly yanked and burned, they will take over the world.

In The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman, Jack Durkin is trying to stave off global extinction and feeling exhausted and alone. Local government would like to kick him off the payroll, his wife whines about him getting a real job, his son doesn’t want to take over the family business, and most everyone thinks he’s delusional. What if he is? What if he’s not?

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite or new-to-you genre (horror) or as a book with a small town setting.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a scary book or as one highlighted on the MPPL website.

Staff Pick: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 15 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Picture of AndreaIt’s 1945, and thousands of refugees, fleeing the advancing tide of the Soviet army, stream across the freezing Prussian landscape. Fearing death if the Soviets reach them, or worse if the Nazis do, Joana, Emilia, and Florian stumble into the same barn for shelter. Soon, they are picking their way across country to the coast, their best hope for escape.

By turns heartbreaking and hopeful, Ruta Septys’ Salt to the Sea is a beautiful story of some of the lesser-known casualties of World War II, and an excellent choice for fans of Code Name Verity and The Book Thief. Grab a tissue – you’ll need it!

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may be counted as a book from your favorite or a new to you genre (historical fiction).

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a sad book or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 16 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Any debut novel that can make you laugh out loud one minute, then pierce your heart the next, is a debut worth reading. Such is the case with Kayla Rae Whitaker’s The Animators. This fast-paced, exceptionally well-written book tells the story of two friends, Mel and Sharon, who meet in art school and work their way up to cult stardom in the male-dominated world of animation. When it comes to their art and the stories they weave, nothing is off-limits for these women. However, as Mel’s tendency toward self-destruction and Sharon’s unexpected health crisis overwhelm the equilibrium of their partnership, the bonds formed in friendship and in business will be fully put to the test. This book is so authentically crafted it’s a perfect companion for a weekend getaway.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite or new-to-you genre or as a book with a small town setting.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 17 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Arabella of Mars book cover

What if we took the action of a swashbuckling sea adventure, the interpersonal drama of a Jane Austen-like Regency, and the setting of a fantasy space opera? Mix those elements in perfect proportion, and we’ll find ourselves with the unbelievably fun Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine.

When Arabella’s family is threatened, she eagerly takes on the hero role. This means disguising herself as a boy and finding work on a Mars Trading Company ship, but that’s no problem for someone who prefers her early life on a Martian plantation and who has a knack for navigation. The voyage won’t be easy, but it will certainly be preferable to the correct Earth society life her mother keeps pushing. Set sail for grand adventures galore, and look for even more of our new favorite heroine in the July release of Arabella and the Battle of Venus.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite or new-to-you genre: fantasy, alternate history, or steampunk!

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a humorous book or as one highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 18 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Eight Hundred Grapes book coverWhat Georgia Ford thinks is going to be a comforting return back home to her family’s vineyard after a life-altering moment quickly sours. Every which way she turns is a potentially relationship ruining secret. She has decided it is up to her to fix everything, however, the clock is ticking.  In less than a week everything will be changed permanently, and all that can be controlled is how. With lush descriptions of the Sonoma County scenery and deliciously dramatic threads spinning every which way, Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave is a book  to sit back with a glass of wine or juice and enjoy the ride.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may be counted as a  book everyone is talking about and a book with a small town setting.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Graphic Novel: Spotlight on Pioneers

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 19 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Summer gives us a chance to branch out in new directions or more fully immerse ourselves in areas of interest. Here are three Adult graphic novels that will introduce you to some forward thinkers who were pioneers in their respective fields.

Jim Ottaviani’s Dignifying Science, explores the lives of six women whose mark on science is indelible. Included in this book are Hedy Lamarr, an actress and inventor who was a force behind the concept of the modern-day Bluetooth system, Lise Meitner, a physicist who was among a small team of scientists who discovered nuclear fission, and the Nobel Prize-winning cytogeneticist Barbara McClintock.

 

 

 

 

Henry David Thoreau was a philosopher, writer, naturalist and an early promoter of the idea of civil disobedience. In his beautifully-drawn accompaniment to Thoreau’s writings, John Porcellino’s Thoreau at Walden brings to life this solemn and thoughtful resister.

 

 

 

 

The graphic biography of Margaret Sanger, Woman Rebel by Peter Bagge, reveals the compelling background behind her activism, rooted in the difficult and painful times of her childhood growing up at the turn of the 20th century. This was a time in U.S. history which offered few opportunities to women in almost any area of their lives, and Margaret saw firsthand the deep suffering this caused her mother and eventually, herself. Armed with the passionate belief that women should be able to make their own choices regarding their lives, Margaret became one of the earliest and fiercest voices for women’s rights.

 

 

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
These books may be counted as nonfiction graphic novels, or a book from a genre you haven’t tried before.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.