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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

Summer Reading: Destination C – Read a Book Set in a Different Country

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination C: Read a Book Set in a Different Country 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.

“Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl.”

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

 

 

 

 

 

“Bobby and I first met Melissa at a poetry night in town, where we were performing together.”

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

 

 

 

 

“Alice Della Roca hated ski school.”

The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

 

 

 

 

 

“When the phone rang I was in the kitchen, boiling a potful of spaghetti and whistling along with an FM broadcast of the overture to Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie, which has to be the perfect music for cooking pasta.”

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

 

 

 

 

“All day, the colors had been those of dusk, mist moving like a water creature across the great flanks of mountains possessed of ocean shadows and depths.”

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

Cathleen’s Pick: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane

Cathleen Staff Pick photoPopping the question to her boyfriend of ten years was part of Delia’s plan; seeing his panicked text to another woman that same night was…not. It’s Not Me, It’s You is a darkly comic journey of self-discovery through misadventure. Witty, sometimes wacky, but also pointedly real, Mhairi McFarlane’s story is one to cheer.

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.
C. Read a book set in a different country. (England)
G. Read a romance. (of sorts)

Summer Reading: Destination O – Read a Book with a Main Character Near Retirement Age

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination O: Read a Book with a Main Character Near Retirement Age 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.

“It was a love song. At least it started out that way.”

The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues by Edward Kelsey Moore

 

 

 

 

 

“‘I’m dying and I know it.’ Cliff Cooper stretched out a hand to me. ‘Will you help me, Jessica?'”

The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain

 

 

 

 

 

“You might think he could have made up his mind earlier, and been man enough to inform his surroundings of his decision.”

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

 

 

 

 

“A few minutes after two in the morning Rebecca Winter woke to the sound of a gunshot and sat up in bed.”

Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen

 

 

 

 

“They finally stopped me at Dover as I was trying to get back into the country.”

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

Summer Reading: Destination K – Read a Book Set in Two Different Time Periods

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination K: Read a Book Set in Two Different Time Periods 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.

“He should never have taken that shortcut.”

Timeline by Michael Crichton

 

 

 

 

 

“A single line of blood trickles down the pale underside of her arm, a red seam on a white sleeve.”

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

 

 

 

 

 

“The Christening party took a turn when Albert Cousins arrived with gin.”

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

 

 

 

 

 

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“It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.”

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 

 

 

 

 

Homegoing book cover

“The night Effia Otcher was born into the musky heat of Fanteland, a fire raged through the woods outside her father’s compound.”

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Summer Reading: Destination L – Read a Book Set in the Chicagoland Area

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination L: Read a Book Set in the Chicagoland Area 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 should feel sorrier.”

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

 

 

 

 

 

“Phoebe Somerville outraged everyone by bringing a French poodle and a Hungarian lover to her father’s funeral.”

It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Philips

 

 

 

 

“The heat and the tawdry sameness of the road drugged everyone to silence.”

Bitter Medicine by Sara Paretsky

 

 

 

 

 

“Nine-year-old Pharoah Rivers stumbled to his feet.”

There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz

 

 

 

 

 

“We didn’t always live on Mango Street.”

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Kelda’s Pick: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Kelda Staff Pick PhotoThere’s no denying the timeliness of Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion. It resonates with our current political climate, taking an empathetically incisive look at inter-generational feminism. With Wolitzer’s talent for prose, she captures emotion with just a single image. If a novel could be derived from the #MeToo movement, this is it.

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

O. Read a book with a character near retirement age
Z. Read a book about a world-changer