Friday, June 30, 2017

HPL Adult Summer Reading






After the Quake
After the Quake
By Murakami, Haruki
2003-05 - Vintage
9780375713279 Check Our Catalog
The six stories in Haruki Murakami's mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami's characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman.

An electronics salesman who has been
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Men Without Women: Stories
Men Without Women: Stories
By Murakami, Haruki
Translator Gabriel, Philip
Translator Goossen, Ted
2017-05 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780451494627 Check Our Catalog
A dazzling new collection of short stories--the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.
Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are …More


The Strange Library
The Strange Library
By Murakami, Haruki
Translator Goossen, Ted
2014-12 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780385354301 Check Our Catalog

From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami--a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library. A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, best-selling Haruki Murakami's wild imagination.
HPL patron: Every library patron, …More


Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
By Oneill, Therese
2016-10 - Little Brown and Company
9780316357913 Check Our Catalog

HPL patron: Very witty and informative about the view of middle-class women in the Victorian Age. O'Neill cites many articles written at the time-mostly by men-and it makes me glad I live in the twenty-first century and not the nineteenth century.
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Black & Blue
Black & Blue
By Patterson, James
With Fox, Candice
2016-12 - Bookshots
9780316399180 Check Our Catalog

HPL patron: It was a quick easy read. I definitely wasn't expecting it to end the way it did!
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I, Monster: Serial Killers in Their Own Chilling Words
I, Monster: Serial Killers in Their Own Chilling Words
By Philbin, Tom
2011-01 - Prometheus Books
9781616141639 Check Our Catalog

Using court transcripts and police interviews, a veteran true-crime and crime-fiction writer has compiled the testimony of 20 infamous serial killers. Read exactly what goes through the dark minds of notorious killers as they commit horrible crimes.
HPL patron: I love it. I love anything on serial killers.
HPL patron: This is a …More


The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption
The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption
By Raymond, Barbara Bisantz
2007-04 - Carroll & Graf Publishers
9780786719440 Check Our Catalog

For almost three decades, Georgia Tann ran a children's home in Memphis, Tennessee, selling her charges to wealthy clients nationwide. Part social history, part detective story, part expos, this is a riveting investigative narrative that explores themes that continue to reverberate in the modern era.
HPL patron: True story of the woman who corrupted adoption …More


Bay of Sighs
Bay of Sighs
By Roberts, Nora
2016-06 - Berkley Books
9780425280119 Check Our Catalog
THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The second novel in the Guardians Trilogy from the bestselling author of Stars of Fortune.


Mermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new
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Vision in White
Vision in White
By Roberts, Nora
2014-01 - Berkley Publishing Group
9780425274958 Check Our Catalog
In Book One of the Bride Quartet series--a novel of love, friendship, and family--"New York Times"-bestselling author Roberts invites readers to the wedding of the year. …More


The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Hav
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Hav
By Rubin, Gretchen
2009-12 - HarperTorch
9780061583254 Check Our Catalog
This relatable, inspiring project is the result of the author's 12-month adventure in becoming a happier person. Written with a wicked sense of humor and sharp insight, her story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasure in their lives and remind them how to have fun. …More


Every Day I Fight: Making a Difference, Kicking Cancer's Ass
Every Day I Fight: Making a Difference, Kicking Cancer's Ass
By Scott, Stuart
Author Platt, Larry
2015-03 - Blue Rider Press
9780399174063 Check Our Catalog
"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live." - Stuart Scott

The fearless, intimate, and inspiring story behind ESPN anchor Stuart Scott's unrelenting fight against cancer, with a foreword by Robin Roberts.

Shortly before he passed away, on January 4, 2015, Stuart
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A Bend in the Road
A Bend in the Road
By Sparks, Nicholas
2016-09 - Grand Central Publishing
9781455571635 Check Our Catalog
Miles Ryan's life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. As deputy sheriff of New Bern, North Carolina, he not only grieves for her and worries about their young son Jonah but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews, Jonah's second-grade teacher. A young woman recovering from a difficult divorce, Sarah moved to New …More


The Choice
The Choice
By Sparks, Nicholas
2007-09 - Grand Central Publishing
9780446579926 Check Our Catalog

Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, "The Choice" tells the story of Travis Parker, a small-town veterinarian, who avoids romantic entanglements until new neighbor Gabby Holland enters his life.
HPL patron: You don't want to miss this one. Great ending.
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The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
By Wiking, Meik
2017-01 - William Morrow & Company
9780062658807 Check Our Catalog

HPL patron: Initially, I closed the book and thought it was so-so. Not bad, but not really great either. But the more I reflected, the more I like it and look to make things more hygge. I also tried the Boller I Karry (Danish meatballs in curry) recipe. It is delicious and easy to make.
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Before We Were Yours
Before We Were Yours
By Wingate, Lisa
2017-06 - Ballantine Books
9780425284681 Check Our Catalog
For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a "thought-provoking and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal."*
Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to …More


Paul for Everyone the Prison Letters Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon
Paul for Everyone the Prison Letters Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon
By Wright, N. T.
2012-04 - Westminster John Knox Press
9780664227883 Check Our Catalog

Making use of his scholar's understanding, yet writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Tom Wright captures the verve and sparkle of these letters. Paul wrote the letters while in prison facing possible death, but their passion and energy are undimmed. They reveal Paul's longing to see young churches grow in faith and understanding, rooted in Jesus himself, and to see this faith worked …More


Kitchen
Kitchen
By Yoshimoto, Banana
2006-04 - TusQuets
9789871210251 Check Our Catalog SPA

A lyrical tale about loss and grief and familial love. When college student Mikage Sakurai is orphaned by the death of her grandmother, she is rescued from loneliness and grief by Yuichi, a young flower shop delivery man, and discovers that families come in many shapes . . . and can be found in many places.
HPL patron: I requested this book because I needed …More


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
By Zevin, Gabrielle
2014-04 - Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
9781616203214 Check Our Catalog

A faded sign hangs above the porch of the Victorian cottage that is home to Island Books. It bears the adage"NO MAN IS AN ISLAND; EVERY BOOK IS A WORLD."A. J. Fikry, the bookstore's irascible owner, is about to discover what that means. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us of what saves us all from a life of loneliness and isolation: our sense of empathy; our ability to love and be loved; …More


The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016
By 826 National
Editor 826 National
2016-10 - Mariner Books
9780544812116 Check Our Catalog

HPL patron: A "yes", read this one. Varied topics, authors, methods of presentation. Informative about 826 National...
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Personal
Personal
By Child, Lee
2014-09 - Delacorte Press
9780804178747 Check Our Catalog
#1"NEW YORK TIMES"BESTSELLER Jack Reacher returns in another fast-moving, action-packed, suspenseful book fromLee Child.

"You can leave the army, but the army doesn't leave you. Not always. Not completely, "notes Jack Reacher and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA.

Someone has taken a shot
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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
By Egan, Timothy
2012-10 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780618969029 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
ALA Notable Books (2013), Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence (2013), Chautauqua Prize (2013)

How a lone man's epic obsession led to one of America's greatest cultural treasures: Prize-winning writer Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history -- and the driven, brilliant man who made them. …More


Day of the False King: A Novel of Murder in Babylon
Day of the False King: A Novel of Murder in Babylon
By Geagley, Brad
2006-01 - Simon & Schuster
9780743250818 Check Our Catalog
Geagley's follow-up to "Year of the Hyenas" is an evocative historical mystery starring a besotted, hard-bitten detective named Semerket--ancient Egypt's answer to Sam Spade. …More


Year of the Hyenas: A Novel of Murder in Ancient Egypt
Year of the Hyenas: A Novel of Murder in Ancient Egypt
By Geagley, Brad
2005-02 - Simon & Schuster
074325080X Check Our Catalog
In this evocative murder mystery set in ancient Egypt, an empire's sumptuous glory and intrigue blend seamlessly with timeless themes of greed, ambition, and crimes of passion. …More


The Rainmaker
The Rainmaker
By Grisham, John
2005-09 - Delta
9780385339605 Check Our Catalog

Bestselling author John Grisham returns to the courtroom for the first time since A Time to Kill to weave this riveting tale of legal intrigue and corporate greed. Combining suspense, narrative momentum, and humor as only John Grisham can, The Rainmaker provides another spellbinding, thrill-a-minute read.
HPL patron: Good read if you enjoy books made into …More