• 2024 Summer Reading List 
    Sorted by Call Number / Author.
    616.99 KAL

    Kalanithi, Paul. When breath becomes air. 1st ed. New York : Random House, 2016.
    "At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated"--Jacket flap.

    797.12 BRO

    Brown, Daniel, 1951-. The boys in the boat : nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. New York : Viking, 2013.
    Tells how in 1936 the University of Washington's eight-oar crew, composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers who had mastered collegiate rowing, went on to the Berlin Olympics where they defeated Adolf Hitler's German team to achieve the Olympic gold medal.

    812 AUB

    Auburn, David, 1969-. Proof. New York : Dramatists Play Service, [2001].
    Presents the script of the play in which Catherine, having spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable mathematician father, is forced to deal with her own volatile emotions in the days following his death.


    Moore, Wes, 1978-. The other Wes Moore : one name, two fates. 1st ed. New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2010.
    The author, a Rhodes scholar and combat veteran, analyzes the various sociocultural factors that influenced him as well as another man of the same name and from the same neighborhood who was drawn into a life of drugs and crime and ended up serving life in prison, focusing on the influence of relatives, mentors, and social expectations that could have led either of them on different paths.


    Westover, Tara. Educated : a memoir. 1st ed. New York : Random House, [2018].
    "A . . . memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University"--Amazon.com.


    Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793. 1st Aladdin Paperbacks ed.
    In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.


    Backman, Fredrik, 1981-. Beartown : a novel. 1st Atria Bks. hardcover ed. April 2017. New York : Atria Books, 2017.
    A small town rallies around their new ice rink in the hopes of their junior hockey team competing in the national semifinals.


    Barbery, Muriel, 1969-. The elegance of the hedgehog. New York : Europa Editions, 2008.
    Renée, a secretly cultured concierge at an elegant apartment building in the middle of Paris, meets Paloma, an intelligent twelve-year-old who behaves like a mediocre pre-teen until a wealthy Japanese man arrives at the building, causing Paloma and Renée to recognize each other's secrets.


    Kesey, Ken. One flew over the cuckoo's nest : with illustrations and an introduction by the author. New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2016.
    A rebel named Randle Patrick McMurphy is committed to a mental ward and challenges the authority of its dictatorial head nurse.


    Klune, TJ, author. The house in the cerulean sea. First trade paperback edition.
    "Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He's tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world. Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light"--Amazon.


    Krueger, William Kent. This tender land : a novel. 1st Atria Bks. pbk. ed. New York : Atria Paperback, 2020.
    "In the summer of 1932, on the banks of Minnesota's GileadRiver, Odie O'Banion is an orphan confined to the Lincoln Indian Training School, a pitiless place where his lively nature earns him the superintendent's wrath. Forced to flee after committing a terrible crime, he and his brother, Albert, their best friend, Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own. Over the course of one summer, these four orphans journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds"--Adapted from back cover.


    Kuang, R. F. (Rebecca F.), author. Yellowface : a novel. First edition.
    "Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars . . . but Athena's a cross-genre literary darling, and June didn't even get a paperback release. Nobody wants stories about basic white girls, June thinks. So when June witnesses Athena's death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena's just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers to the British and French war efforts during World War I. June edits Athena's novel and sends it to her agent as her own work. . . So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song--complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? . . . That's what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree. But June can't get away from Athena's shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June's (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.


    Martino, Alfred C. Pinned. 1st ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2005.
    Dealing with family problems, girls, and their own competitive natures, high school seniors Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane face each other in the final match of the New Jersey State Wrestling Championship.

    FIC McC

    McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-. The road. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2006.
    A nameless man and his young son wander through a decimated landscape, searching for means of survival and a reason for hope as barbaric hordes of people roam the streets and ash falls from the sky.


    Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. 1st ed.
    "Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try"--Provided by publisher.


    Stockett, Kathryn. The help. New York : Amy Einhorn Books/G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2009].
    Skeeter returns home to Mississippi from college in 1962 and begins to write stories about the African-American women that are found working in white households, which includes Aibileen, who grieves for the loss of her son while caring for her seventeenth white child, and Minny, Aibileen's sassy friend, the hired cook for a secretive woman who is new to town.


    Verghese, Abraham, 1955- author. The covenant of water : a novel. First edition.
    "Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, [this book] is set in Kerala, on South India's Malabar Coast, and follows three generations of a family that suffers a peculiar affliction: in every generation, at least one person dies by drowning-and in Kerala, water is everywhere. At the turn of the century, a twelve-year-old girl from Kerala's long-existing Christian community, grieving the death of her father, is sent by boat to her wedding, where she will meet her forty-year-old husband for the first time. From this unforgettable new beginning, the young girl--and future matriarch, known as Big Ammachi--will witness unthinkable changes over the span of her extraordinary life, full of joy and triumph as well as hardship and loss, her faith and love the only constants"--Provided by publisher.


    Weir, Andy. Project Hail Mary : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, [2021].
    "Ryland Grace has been asleep for a very, very long time. He's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. He can't remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. Alone on this tiny ship that's been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it's up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance"--OCLC.


    Yoon, Nicola. The sun is also a star. 1st ed.
    "Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them"--OCLC.

    SC LAH

    Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of maladies : stories. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [1999].
    A temporary matter -- When Mr. Pirzada came to dine -- Interpreter of maladies -- A real durwan -- Sexy -- Mrs. Sen's -- This blessed house -- The treatment of Bibi Haldar -- The third and final continent. Contains nine short stories which chart the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the borders of nations and generations.