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Adult Summer Reading: Books Published in 2017

by Carla Sarratt on 2017-07-10T11:48:00-04:00

 

by Annice Sevett, Librarian, Northeast Library

 

July officially marks the second half of the year and 2017 has been a big one for books (although we seem to say that every year). This year we've seen highly anticipated books by popular authors, great debuts, and a plethora of non-fiction books that deal with relevant topics. Below are some recommendations but if none of these strike your reading tastes, stop by any library branch and browse the NEW shelf. Something is bound to jump out at you.

 

Novels from Bestselling Authors

A Piece of the World is the next book by the author of the bestselling book Orphan Train. This novel, inspired by the painting Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth, tells the story of Christina Olson, a woman who lived a seemingly ordinary life in a small town in Maine until she became the subject of Wyeth's painting.

 

 

 

 

Lisa See, author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and China Dolls, explores the lives of a Chinese mother and the daughter she gave up for adoption in this novel.

 

 

 

 

 

The author of The Man Called Ove is back with the story of a high school hockey team and the price required to make dreams come true. Although very different from his other books, this one is not to be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

Anything is Possible is a tandem story featuring the characters from Strout's previous book My Name is Lucy Barton.

 

 

 

 

 

From the author of The Rosie Project comes a tale about Adam Sharp, a man who is having nostalgia for what might have been following his affair twenty years prior with an actress. When she gets in touch with him, will Adam respond?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try Something Different

Chevy Stevens is a lesser known mystery/thriller writer with six published books. In Never Let You Go, a woman who escaped an abusive relationship with her daughter is on high alert when her ex-husband is released from jail and she gets the sense that she's being watched.

 

 

 

 

 

Mohsin Hamid, an international bestselling author, writes about a love story between two young people in a country on the brink of a civil war. As the violence intensifies, they decide they have no choice but to leave their homeland.

 

 

 

 

 

This family saga follows the life and loves of Archie Ferguson, a Jewish boy born to second-generation immigrants in the United States just after World War II. From one single beginning, his birth, his life takes four simultaneous and independent fictional paths as four identical Fergusons are made from the same DNA.

 

 

 

 

 

Fourteen-year-old Linda finds herself while growing up in an abandoned counterculture commune.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edgar, an eight-year-old boy, is constantly in the middle of fights between his grandmother and mother. When his grandmother dies, the boy must deal with his mother's erratic behavior and when he goes missing, she tries to carry on with her life while Edgar negotiates his situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Life              

Finkel tells the story of Christopher Knight, a man who disappeared for 27 years into the Maine forest when he was only 20. In telling his story, Finkel examines the idea of solitude and the meaning of  life.

 

 

 

 

 

When Miss Norma was diagnosed with cancer, she declined treatment and took off on a road trip across the country with her son, his wife, and their dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Babb, the basketball coach at Oklahoma Presbyterian College, recruited young women and offered them a chance to improve their lives during the Great Depression. The team also helped raise spirits in the community as it became the first women's team to win the American Athletic Union's National Basketball Tournament.

 

 

 

 

 

South and West is a compilation of Didion's notes from her visit to the South during the 1970s compared to her notes from San Francisco at the same time. This collection of notes provides a look into Didion's mind and what was happening across the country at the time.

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to read any of the above titles, click the cover to place a hold on the title to be delivered to your preferred branch.


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