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Recommendations From Your Summer Reading Neighbors
Last One Home
Great story about a woman who escapes an abusive relationship and works hard to not only build a new life for herself but actually build a new home. Along the way she helps others to heal and that inspires her to reconnect with her family.
The Engineer's Wife
Tracey Enerson Wood
This historical novel is about Emily Warren Roebling, the wife of the engineer in charge of the 14-year construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. When her husband became incapacitated during construction of the bridge, she became his messenger and stood in for him at the site. She became educated in civil engineering and math through studying her husband’s texts and his instruction. She was responsible for much of the success of the project, unheard of at the time for a woman. The story was well told and very interesting.
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
A fun, but also haunting book of short stories covering many topics as they relate to the black community. A really interesting perspective, and some fascinating world building in such short snippets.
Martha Hall Kelly
This is a unique story of the holocaust from the perspectives of 3 young women. One is a prisoner in a concentration camp, one a doctor in the same camp, tasked to preform horrible experiments on the prisoners. The third perspective being an American woman who tasks herself with helping victims of the concentration camp. It is fast paced and captivating from start to finish.
The Wife Between Us
A psychological thriller that starts off fine but it loses its grip on the reader after half the story. It is also confusing to keep track of the timelines in the book. Chapters alternate between past and present.
A great summer read. It is a great family drama mixed in with a love story and suspense novel.
Excellent story of Mexican and Central American migrants fleeing a life of terror.
The Female Persuasion
This book follows the main character, Greer, through college and young adulthood as she slowly learns to find her voice and power - first under the mentorship of a semi-famous icon and founder/editor of a 1970s feminist magazine that was the under-recognized little sister of Ms. magazine and then on her own. I found the secondary characters (Faith Frank, the editor/mentor, Cory, the high school sweetheart, and Zee, the best friend from college) more interesting than Greer, who seemed bland and undeveloped, despite the fact that the book was about her discovering her authentic self.
The Prisoner's Wife
My go-to historical fiction is from World War II, and this one did not disappoint. It’s about a young couple who meet and fall in love. The catch is he is a British POW and she is a Czech farm girl. They secretly marry, she disguises herself as a man and they are on the run. It is based on a true story which makes it all the more compelling. They have to navigate and survive all kinds of obstacles, evil and danger when they are captured and put in a POW camp.
The Book of Longings
Sue Monk Kidd
Sue Monk Kidd wrote this fictional account of Ana, the wife of Jesus. Her story was somewhat far-fetched, but I felt compelled to keep listening since the characters and the narrative drew me into this imaginary world. The audiobook has a statement at the end from the author that I enjoyed as much as the book.
This book is about a slave named Hiram. It takes place in Virginia and Philadelphia before the Civil War. A lot of it involves the Underground Railroad. Parts seem to be historically accurate but there is an element of fantasy or magical realism in parts of the novel. I enjoyed the way the author ended the book.
Born a Crime
Autobiography by Trevor Noah. Tells about his youth in South Africa as a child of mixed race.
On Ocean Boulevard
Mary Alice Monroe
Like the sea turtles that come ashore annually on the shores of Charleston, South Carolina, three generations of the Rutledge Family experience a season of return, rebirth, and growth.
The Summer House
When seven murder victims are found in a small town, the homicide investigation shakes a small-town sheriff to her core.
Girls of Summer
From love at first sight to unexpected love triangles, summer on Nantucket always holds the promise of romance in this sensational novel.
A Week at the Shore
On the Rhode Island shore, the bonds of friendship and family will be tested, eventually leading to the discovery the role love plays in defining one’s life.
Looking for your next summer read? Try one of these!
Washington Post Summer Reading List 2020
Vulture's Best Books to Read for Summer 2020
PBS The Great American Read