Month: June 2018

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Summer Reading: Destination X – Read a Book Translated from Another Language

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination X: Read a Book Translated from Another Language is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

Frankenstien in Baghdad book cover

“The Explosion took place two minutes after Elishva, the old woman known as Umm Daniel, or Daniel’s mother, boards the bus.”

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
Translated from Arabic

“The baby is dead.”

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
Translated from French

Please Look After Mom book cover

“It’s been one week since Mom went missing.”

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
Translated from Korean

The Stoy of My Teeth book cover

“I’m the best auctioneer in the world, but no one knows it because I’m a discreet sort of man.”

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
Translated from Italian

“You know what I mean?”

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami
Translated from Japanese

Summer Reading: Destination Q – Read a Fantasy or Magical Realism

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination Q: Read a Fantasy or Magical Realism is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

All the Names They Used for God book cover

“Sadie was sixteen when her parents died, and the gravedigger told her we would charge her less if she’d help him.”

All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva

The Pisces book cover

“I was no longer lonely but I was.”

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

From Unseen Fire book cover

“Lucious Quinctilius was not, by nature, a reflective man, so perhaps it was just as well that the Dictator’s men gave him little time to contemplate his fate.”

From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris

The Half-Drowned King book cover

“Ragnvald danced on the oars, leaping from one to the next as the crew rowed.”

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

“At first, nothing was unusual.”

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

Denise’s Pick: The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones

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The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel about Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem by Sonya Sones is referred to as “chick lit” in poetry format by a 50ish-year-old woman going through a tough time. I read this in two hours and had my own epiphany. Life changing? Maybe not for all, but definitely an interesting voice for those in the “sandwich generation.”

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:

A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
P. Read a collection of poetry.

Summer Reading: Destination D – Read or Listen to a Digital Book

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination D: Read or Listen to a Digital Book is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.  Each of these is available to you on Hoopla with your Mount Prospect library card — and with no waiting!

Dietland book cover

“It was late in the spring when I noticed that a girl was following me, nearly the end of May, a month that means perhaps or might be.”

Dietland
by Sarai Walker

“It was summer when I went to talk with Cudjo so his door was standing wide open.”

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo
by Zora Neale Hurston

Then She Was Gone book ocver

“Laurel let herself into her daughter’s flat.”

Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell

The Book of M book cover

“The end of Ory’s world began with a deer.”

The Book of M
by Peng Shepherd

“You aren’t going to like me very much.”

Lie to Me
by J.T. Ellison

Cathleen’s Pick: Skin Game by Jim Butcher

Cathleen Staff Pick photo

An ideal gateway into fantasy for crime story fans, Skin Game by Jim Butcher is a thrilling heist adventure with Chicago’s only professional wizard leading the gang. Narrator James Marsters is nothing short of spellbinding in telling the smart, twisty, and witty tale of a motley crew under duress breaking into the vault of Hades for the literal Holy Grail.

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for any one of the following categories:

A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
D. Read or listen to a digital book.
L. Read a book set in the Chicagoland area.
Q. Read a book of fantasy or magical realism.