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Summer Reading Bonus Category Spotlight: Choose Book by Cover

reading colors your world

Want to stretch your reading this summer? Adult Summer Reading offers bonus categories for this very goal, and one of the playful ways to start is to choose by book cover: Color your world by trying a Millennial Pink book. [Wondering what ‘millennial pink’ may be? Try here for a lighthearted explanation.] Following are a few of the eye-catching titles that have millennial pink covers. For more summer reading suggestions, email readers@mppl.org or find the links for each bonus category in Beanstack or in Lists & Suggestions.

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Severance by Ling Ma

A survivor of an apocalyptic plague maintains a blog about a decimated Manhattan before joining a motley group of survivors to search for a place to rebuild, a goal that is complicated by an unscrupulous group leader.

Character-driven; Witty

 

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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

A woman grieving the loss of her fiancé finds herself swapping back and forth between parallel lives, including one in which her first love has survived and another involving a new person who is asking her to move on.

Engaging; Thoughtful

 

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Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

Draws on the classic fairy-tale element of gingerbread in the story of a British family whose surprising legacy and secret past are tied to a favorite recipe.

Compelling; Lyrical

 

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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl, but Freddy is learning she is not the best girlfriend, so she seeks help from a mysterious medium and advice columnists to help her through being a teenager in love.

Angst-filled; Character-driven

 

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Lovely War by Julie Berry

Meeting in a World War II-era Manhattan hotel for a forbidden tryst, immortals Ares and Aphrodite are caught by the latter’s jealous husband before she defends her actions by imparting the tale of four young humans who became connected during World War I.

Moving; Romantic

 

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City of Margins by William Boyle

The lives of several lost souls intersect in gritty 1990s south Brooklyn, from a disgraced ex-cop with blood on his hands to the grieving mother of a suicide victim.

Compelling; Gritty

New Fiction in June

New fiction in June

Summer has arrived! New summer titles have arrived as well! As added bonus, all books you read in June count towards adult Summer Reading fun. Below is a sampling of new fiction titles that have been released this month, and for more new June fiction: click here. For personalized suggestions and more information on Summer Reading, give us a call at 847/590-4070 or email us at readers@mppl.org. May the sun shine on all your summer reading adventures!

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One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Cynical August starts to believe in the impossible when meets Jane on the subway, a mysterious punk rocker she forms a crush on, who is literally displaced in time from the 1970s and is trying to find her way back.

 

 

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The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin

Reimagines the classic Western through the eyes of a Chinese American assassin on a quest to rescue his kidnapped wife and exact his revenge on her abductors.

 

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The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi

Back in the Pink City where he was once a wily street urchin, Malik, assigned to help Samir Singh’s feckless son Ravi build the new public cinema, finds his livelihood, reputation and the people he loves most threatened after Ravi implicates him in a ruthless scandal.

 

 

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To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne

Follows two thirty-somethings who meet on a blind dating app—only to realize that their online chemistry is nothing compared to their offline rivalry.

 

 

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Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams

To save her sister, who, along with her American diplomat husband and children, is trapped behind the Iron Curtain, Ruth Macallister embarks on a dangerous mission, and as the sisters race toward safety, a dogged Soviet agent forces them to make a heartbreaking choice.

 

 

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The Eagle’s Claw: A Novel of the Battle of Midway by Jeff Shaara

A New York Times best-selling author recounts the Battle of Midway, one of World War II’s most pivotal moments, sharing the stories of all ranks and the unique sacrifices each man is compelled to bravely make for the sake of country, freedom, and honor.

 

 

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The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books, 26-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel is hired until she after a string uncomfortable events, is elevated to Office Darling, leaving Nella in the dust.

Adult Summer Reading is Here!

reading colors your world

Calling all summer readers: MPPL Summer Reading 2021 will most certainly color your world! Adults, don’t let the kids and teens have all the fun. We have options for every kind of reader. Some of us have lots of book time, while others can only squeeze in reading or listening around constant demands of the day. Whether you want to stretch a little bit, a lot, or not all that much, your Beanstack program invites you to easily customize how you tint your world with reading! For added color, sneak a peek at a sampling of the optional bonus categories you might choose:

Read about a person or character with a disability.

Read about a person or character struggling with mental health issues.

Read a millennial pink book.

Read a biography or a memoir.

 

New Fiction in May

New Fiction in May

Spring has sprung and so have new books! Peruse this collection of recent additions and find more, here. Rain or shine, a new book will surely put a spring in your step. Step to it and start browsing or if these titles aren’t your particular ray of sunshine, call Fiction/AV/Teen services at 847/590-4070 or fill out this form for some personalized suggestions!

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The Guncle by Steven Rowley

When Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP) for short, takes on the role of primary guardian for his young niece and nephew, he sets “Guncle Rules,” but soon learn that parenting isn’t solved with treats or jokes as his eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility.

 

 

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While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery Keene, now the legal guardian of power of attorney for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, must unravel the clues he left behind in regards to a dangerous conspiracy that has infiltrated the highest power corridors of Washington.

 

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Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer….

 

 

 

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Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

When Delilah, who disappeared 11 years earlier when she was only 6 years old, shockingly returns, the residents of a quiet suburban neighborhood want to know what happened to her, but no one is prepared for what they’ll find.

 

 

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The Last Green Valley by Mark Sullivan

March 1944, as Stalin’s forces push into Ukraine, Emil and Adeline Martel must make a terrible decision: Do they wait for the Soviet bear’s intrusion and risk being sent to Siberia? Or do they reluctantly follow the wolves – murderous Nazi officers who have pledged to protect “pure-blood” Germans? The Martels are one of many families of German heritage whose ancestors have farmed in Ukraine for over a century. But after already living under Stalin’s regime, they decide they must run with the wolves they despise to escape the Soviets and go in search of freedom.

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Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, this lyrical novel follows a father’s determination to reunite his family before his daughter Junie’s 12th birthday, even if it means bringing painful family secrets to light.

 

 

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Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

Jessamyn Teoh is closeted, broke and moving back to Malaysia, a country she left when she was a toddler. So when Jess starts hearing voices, she chalks it up to stress. But there’s only one voice in her head, and it claims to be the ghost of her estranged grandmother, Ah Ma. In life Ah Ma was a spirit medium, the avatar of a mysterious deity called the Black Water Sister. Now she’s determined to settle a score against a gang boss who has offended the god–and she’s decided Jess is going to help her do it.

New Fiction in April

New Fiction in April

April showers bring…new books! Fresh books have come in this month, and below is just a sprinkling of titles that might get your reading sprouted this spring. We’ve also got a longer list of new titles to browse here. If the right spring book isn’t here for you, feel free to contact the Fiction/AV/Teen desk at 847/590-4070 or email us at readers@mppl.org for personalized suggestions.

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Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Accidentally causing the death of a blind date, Meddy is persuaded by her meddlesome Chinese-Indonesian mother and aunts to dispose of the body, which upends a billionaire’s wedding and Meddy’s reunion with a former flame.

Funny; Offbeat

 

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In The Company of Killers by Bryan Christy

An investigative wildlife reporter and secret CIA spy pursues a vengeful opportunity to capture the man responsible for a friend’s death by infiltrating the offices of a woman he once loved.

Spy Fiction; Intricately Plotted

 

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The Bohemians by Jasmin Darznik

A novel of one of America’s most celebrated photographers, Dorothea Lange, explores the wild years in San Francisco that awakened her career-defining grit, compassion, and daring.

Historical Fiction; Atmospheric

 

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Caul Baby by Morgan Jenkins

Finds a would-be mother rendered the unexpected caregiver of a niece’s unplanned baby, who a matriarch predicts will restore their family’s prosperity.

Magical Realism; Stylistically Complex

 

 

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The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas

A woman who never wanted to be a mother reconnects with her estranged husband in the wake of unexpected news and is challenged to reevaluate herself in an unanticipated role.

Reflective; Engaging

 

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Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian

A satirical coming-of-age story follows the experiences of an Indian-American teen in the Bush-era Atlanta suburbs, who joins his crush’s plot to use an ancient alchemical potion to meet high parental expectations, triggering devastating consequences.

Coming-of-Age; Fast-Paced

 

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Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff Vandermeer

Sent taxidermied specimens of two endangered species, a software manager becomes the target of the ecoterrorists and wildlife traffickers behind a catastrophic global conspiracy.

Dystopian Fiction; Intricately Plotted