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Summer Reading List: Goodbye Summer 2017!

Summer Reading List: Goodbye Summer 2017!


It’s officially August…the last month of summer vacation! We had such a great summer with everyone here at the Delray Beach Public Library. We hoped you made use of and enjoyed all of our summer programming, and will take the nation-wide summer theme, “Build a Better World,” into your daily lives.

As we jump back into “reality”, we hope that you will choose to continue reading. As Dr. Seuss puts it, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” This week, we are recommending 3 more books for you to hold on to that magic and escape, even as our lives may start to get more hectic.

It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell is an interesting New Fiction novel that deals with suspense and friendship. The novel follows three women who met as college roommates and had become inseparable, despite how different they all were. However, twenty years later, one of them is standing on the bridge while another is urging them to jump. The novel cuts back and forth between their college and adult years to reveal the reasons why these women love and hate each other, and how these feelings could become strong enough to lead to murder. Is it always the husband? (I’d like to know…)

Another new novel with an interesting concept is The Leavers by Lisa Ko. After Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes missing, 11-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is adopted by two white college professors and taken to the Bronx. This story shows how Deming is able to come into his own after everything he’s loved has been taken away. This novel sounds heartbreaking and unique, and is filled with some very real concepts. This novel was the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Definitely worth giving it a shot!

For another heartbreakingly honest account, try The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police office, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died. Due to its social message, this novel is important and timely. This emotionally-charged story is one of 2017’s shining stars.

Thank you again for an awesome summer.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu