Summer Staff Picks

Adult Fiction

Kent Haruf

The high plains of Colorado are the setting for this powerful and poignant story that beautifully weaves the pain and promise of love through four generations of residents in one small town.

The Paris Apartment
Lucy Foley

A new locked room mystery, set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has something to hide. Everyone’s a neighbor. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling.

Olga Dies Dreaming
Xochitl Gonzalez

Taking place in NYC, this story follows the lives of two first-generation Puerto Rican siblings whose parents were radicals. It starts out as almost a beach read but quickly becomes about family, culture, and relationships.

The Sentence
Louise Erdrich

An indigenous woman’s story of working in a bookstore haunted by a former patron during the beginning of the pandemic and riots following George Floyd’s murder in Minnesota.

Cloud Cuckoo Land
Anthony Doerr

Seven stories in one that take place in different centuries. A lovely tome that will have you feeling satisfied when you have finished.

Karen Joy Fowler

A fictionalized historical account of the Booth Family, with and without the famous murderer.

Lessons in Chemistry
Bonnie Garmus

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, this is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

The Christie Affair
Nina de Gramont

A fictionalized account of Mrs. Christie and her disappearance, told by Agatha’s husband’s second wife.

Peng Shepherd
A fun and different novel about a young woman who discovers that a strange map in her deceased father’s belongings holds an incredible deadly secret.

Adult Nonfiction

Kathryn Miles

Part true crime, part history, part author’s experience delving into a decades old cold case of two women killed on the Appalachian Trail.

E.R. Nurses
James Patterson and Matt Eversmann

Short articles by nurses about their experiences on E.R. duty. A real look at what an emergency room visit can be like.

A Field Guide to Getting Lost
Rebecca Solnit

This essay collection by one of our greatest thinkers covers topics as diverse as the use of color in Renaissance painting, indigenous history, and Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

Owls of the Eastern Ice
Jonathan C. Slaght

Join a small team for late night monitoring missions and mad dashes across thawing rivers. Drink vodka with hermits, listen to fireside tales of Amur tigers, and remember the beauty of the natural world.

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
Oliver Burkeman

An entertaining, humorous, practical, and ultimately profound guide to time and time management. Drawing on the insights of philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers.

Atlas of the Heart
Brené Brown

Brené Brown unpacks the complex web of emotion, behavior, and thoughts that are triggered by our experiences and gives us the nuanced language to fully understand our feelings and express them.