L&A Library staff suggest some good summer reads

Catherine Coles
Coles’ Notes

No matter what else you have planned for this summer, I hope picking up a great book or two is on your list! Library staff are always happy to lend a hand with suggestions and even share a few titles on their TBR (“to be read”) as inspiration. Below, a few library staff share what they are most looking forward to reading this summer. For more suggestions, check out our “Staff Picks Newsletter” which you can sign up for on our website at CountyLibrary.ca.

Jennifer, Librarian, Amherstview Branch

  • Such Big Dreams by Reema Patel (available now) follows a savvy former street child working at a law office in Mumbai as she fights for redemption and a chance to live life on her own terms.
  • Not Everyone Lives the Same Way by Jean-Paul Dubois (available now) is the story of a man incarcerated in prison on the outskirts of Montreal. Paul looks back at his life and tells us how he lost all that he has: his parents, his job, his wife, his dog, his freedom. These flashbacks are interspersed with scenes from daily prison life with his Hells Angels cellmate.
  • The Dolphin House by Audrey Schulman (available now) is set in 1965 as Cora, a young deaf woman, journeys to St. Thomas where she becomes part of an experiment to teach dolphins human language. Cora forges an extraordinary bond with these creatures until a terrible scandal threatens everything.

Marg, Supervisor, Napanee Branch                        

  • Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney (available August 30) offers a subtle nod to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Daisy Darker’s entire family assembles on a remote island for Nana’s 80th birthday, but then a storm rolls in and people start showing up dead.
  • The House Across The Lake by Riley Sager (available June 21st) follows recently widowed actress Casey Fletcher as she retreats to her family’s lake house in Vermont. She passes the time watching the glamorous couple across the lake until the wife disappears and she discovers that the most shocking of secrets can lurk beneath the most placid of surfaces.
  • The Messy Lives of Book People by Phaedra Patrick (available now) is the story of house cleaner Liv Green who forms an unlikely friendship with her new client: personal hero, bestselling author, and famous recluse Essie Starling. When Essie suddenly dies, she leaves Liv an astonishing last wish.

Julie, Readers’ Services Coordinator

  • At Last Count by Claire Ross Dunn (available June 14) follows Paisley Ratchford, whose Toronto apartment is set to be demolished, as she makes a last-ditch effort to reclaim her abandoned childhood home on Amherst Island.
  • The Apothecary’s Garden by Jeanette Lynes (available June 28) is set in Belleville circa 1860s. A spinster with extensive gardens has her life turned upside by the sudden arrival of a famous medium.
  • The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean (available August 2nd) is an inventive novel set in the Yorkshire Moors where lives a secret line of people for whom books are food.

While some of the titles mentioned are forthcoming, you can place holds today with your library card at CountyLibrary.ca.

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