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Audiobook: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 6 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!

Strange Library audiobook cover

For most of us, the prospect of being imprisoned in a library seems more dream than nightmare, but in the hands of Haruki Murakami, we might have to think twice. The Strange Library, a surreal tale full of tentative wonder and vague dread, is an experience that lasts only a single hour. Narrator Kirby Heyborne plays the odd characters with just the right touch of near-caricature appropriate for this fable, which adds to the distorted fun house experience. This light introduction into Japanese magical realism may be the right portion to tempt fans of the series Twin Peaks.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite or new-to-you genre (fantastical suspense), a book with a person of color as author, or a book under 150 pages.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book translated from another language, one by a person of color as author, or a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: Q & A by Vikas Swarup

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 7 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!

Q & A book coverRam Mohammad Thomas has just won India’s hit television show Who Will Win a Billion?, by correctly answering a series of twelve questions. However, because he is a poor uneducated waiter that grew up as an orphan, no one believes he won honestly. As a result he is sent to jail and Ram is left to make his case with his lawyer by sharing the series of events that led him to the knowledge of the answer for each question. While at times a little dark, Q & A by Vikas Swarup offers a mix of comedy, drama, and romance as Ram offers up the adventurous story of his life. Make sure to watch the movie it inspired, Slumdog Millionaire, to compare and contrast how this rags-to-riches story differs from the book to the screen.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may be counted as a book made into a movie or a book with a person of color as author.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book with a person of color as author or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Staff Pick: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 8 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 JohnSonny Liew’s intricately invented graphic history traces the career of fictional comic artist Chan Hock Chye, with the sociopolitical history of Singapore cleverly mirroring the evolution of the comics medium as depicted via a dazzling series of pastiches. Spanning eight decades, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye finds bittersweet parallels between artistic ambition and political idealism.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may be counted as a graphic novel, one everyone is talking about (it won the Eisner award), a book with a person of color as author, or a book under 150 pages.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book with a person of color as author or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: The Goodbye Year by Kaira Rouda

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 9 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 Goodbye Year book coverThe senior year of high school can be exhilarating, stressful and even a bit intimidating as teenagers realize they are embarking on their last year of life within the confines and safety of their parents’ homes. But for parents their child’s senior year of high school can open up for them feelings of sadness and loss. And couples must also adjust to a new life together, without the energy and activities of children. These anxieties about the unknown paths ahead of them are the basis of Kaira Rouda’s The Goodbye Year. This is the story of families in the process of deciding how their futures will unfold while realizing that saying goodbye might be the best way to begin anew, as the reality of college looms large before them.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite genre, or a book from one of our displays.

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

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.

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