Here's a sampling of some of the books our patrons have been reading this summer. Among the contributors are several members of the library's 50 Book Challenge.
Adrienne writes: "I've tortured myself reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. It's part philosophical, part political (about the effect the events of 1968 had on people), and part emotional - a love story. The first 100 pages were tough, but I kept going and actually wound up liking the book." On a lighter note, Adrienne also reports, "I'm reading a very interesting book by Ruth Reichl, Garlic and Sapphires, about her early days as food critic for the NY Times. Reichl disguises herself, and falls into character, to avoid recognition by the restaurant owners so she can enjoy a meal and write a review about the food and service as an ordinary person. Her characters will make you laugh and her dining experiences will make you hungry."
Tish listened to Sherman Alexie's YA novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and writes: "I highly recommend the recording. Alexie reads it himself, and his sing-songy Indian-accent delivery is like performance art. Hilarious and heartbreaking. I have also listened to two funny books on CD that I can recommend: I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron, and Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog by Lisa Scottoline. Both are collections of short essays, and both had me weeping with laughter."
Carol relates that she has listened to An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon which was narrated by Davina Porter. Carol says "Ms. Porter has narrated the entire Outlander Series of which this is the seventh book. With her British accent and Scottish brogue Davina creates the perfect atmosphere for a love story which takes place in two different centuries. I have truly enjoyed this series and was disappointed to hear I will not see the next book until 2013!!!"
Finally, Ronald shared a link to comments he made regarding Richard A. Clarke's new book, Cyber War.