Month: July 2018

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Summer Reading: Destination Z – Read a Book About a World-Changer

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination Z: Read a Book About a World Changer 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.

“April, 1975. Phnom Penh city wakes early to take advantage of the cool morning breeze before the sun breaks through the haze and invades the country with sweltering heat.”

First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

 

 

 

 

“‘My grandfather was born into slavery,’ Jackie Robinson later wrote, ‘and although my mother and father…lived during an era when physical slavery had been abolished, they also lived in a newer, more sophisticated kind of slavery,’ as sharecroppers in the sugar-cane growing region of southern Georgia.”

Jackie Robinson: An Integrated Life by J. Christopher Shultz

 

 

 

“A cobalt blue house stands on the corner of Allende and Londres streets in a comfortable but unassuming residential area of the Mexico City borough of Coyoacan.”

Frida Kahlo at Home by Suzanne Barbezat

 

 

 

the book of joy book cover

“As we stepped off the plane at the small airport, the howl of the jet engines deafening and the snowcapped foothills of the Himalayas looming behind us, two old friends embraced.”

The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu

 

 

 

 

“The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.”

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Denise’s Pick: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Denise Staff Pick photoYou Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins is an interesting story of a family that emigrated from India to London and then to the U.S. in the ’70s. The story’s focus is on three generations of women and their experiences while trying to find their place in a new home. Hopes, dreams, relationships – it’s all there! The e-audio format is a lovely way to experience the story.

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

D. Read or listen to a digital book.
K. Read a book set in two different time periods.
W. Read a prize-winning book.
Y. Read a book from the Young Adult collections.

Summer Reading: Destination V – Read a Book with a Main Character Who Identifies as LGBTQ

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination V: Read a Book with a Main Character Who Identifies as LGBTQ 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.

“I stand at the window of this great house in the south of France as night falls, the night which is leading me to the most terrible morning of my life.”

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m going to begin by telling you about Miss Frost.”

In One Person by John Irving

 

 

 

 

 

“Kate Delafield waited impatiently at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 9th Street, searching rush hour traffic for a maroon Chevy Cavalier.”

Liberty Square by Katherine V. Forrest

 

 

 

 

“Lindsay Gordon put murder to the back of her mind and settled down in the train compartment to enjoy the broken grays and greens of the Derbyshire scenery.”

Report for Murder by Val McDermid

 

 

 

 

 

“Fifty cents secured the last private room at the 41st Street hotel, but the musty sheets and the brazen frolic of mice under the bed left Sutton thinking he should have saved the change and slept on the sidewalk.”

Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen

Summer Reading: Destination I – Read a Book Involving Travel

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination I: Read a Book Involving Travel 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.

“Charles Wang was mad at America.”

The Wangs Vs. the World by Jade Chang

 

 

 

 

 

“It was all coming back to her, Harriet Turner realized. The key to being a successful tour guide was to think of herself as a duck.”

Family Baggage by Monica McInerney

 

 

 

 

“Then there was the bad weather.”

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

 

 

 

 

 

“Victoria’s world shook for the first time on the day Caitlin Somers sashayed up to her desk, plunked herself down on the edge, and said, ‘Vix…’.””

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

 

 

 

 

 

“I’ve never been one to travel light.”

Traveling Light by Max Lucado

Summer Reading: Destination B – Read a Book of Psychological Suspense

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination B: Read a Book of Psychological Suspense 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.

“Amber Parrish was tired of being invisible.”

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

 

 

 

 

 

“The champagne bottle knocks against the marble kitchen counter, making me jump.”

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

 

 

 

 

 

“It started with a phone call, deceptively simple and easy to ignore.”

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

 

 

 

 

 

“They say death comes in threes.”

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

 

 

 

 

 

“Pinch myself and say I AM AWAKE once an hour.”

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough