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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 

 

 

 

“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

Summer Reading: Destination M – Read a Biography or Memoir

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination M: Read a Biography or Memoir 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.

 

 

“A few months after my twenty-first birthday, a stranger called to give me the news.”

Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

 

 

 

“There is nothing in life more perfect than a slide rule.”

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

 

 

 

 

 

“My entire family was camped out on blankets and goose-down bedding in the apple orchard behind Aunt Uchka’s little house.”

Clara’s War by Clara Kramer

 

 

 

 

 

“Why did we stop at the 4-Dice Restaurant in Fordyce, Arkansas, for lunch on Independence Day weekend?”

Life by Keith Richards

 

 

 

“Apart from life, a strong constitution, and an abiding connection to the Thembu royal house, the only thing my father bestowed upon me at birth was a name, Rolihlahla.”

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

 

 

 

Andrea’s Pick: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Andrea Staff Pick photoThe Civil War… with zombies? Dread Nation by Justina Ireland combines fantasy storytelling and the dark history of racial oppression in the U.S. in this genre-blending YA novel that’s a little bit historical fiction, a little bit steampunk, and only sort of about zombies.

When the dead walked at Gettysburg, all thoughts of rebuilding the nation fell away. A new law declared that young people of color must attend combat school to learn how to defeat the dead. Fresh from combat school, Jane finds herself in the clutches of powerful enemies who see her as less than human. In the war against the dead, she never expected that the living might turn out to be her biggest danger.

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

Q. Read a book of fantasy or magical realism.
Y. Read a book from the Young Adult collections.

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.

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“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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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“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

 

 

 

Jenny’s Pick: Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag

A young man elegantly sketches out the consequences transitioning from poverty to wealth has had upon his close-knit family in contemporary India. Quirky humor mixed with delicious Indian food descriptions mixed with musings on the role money plays in our lives makes Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag a captivating read.

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

C. Read a book set in a different country. (India)
E. Read a book of 150 pages or less. (118 pages)
X. Read a book translated from a different language. (Kannada)

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.

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“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

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“I was no longer lonely but I was.”

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

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“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

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“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

Denise Staff Pick photoThe 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.