Summer Reads 2014

George's Secret Key to the Universe

By Lucy and Stephen Hawking

Follows the adventures of a young boy and his neighbor friend as they travel through a computer portal into outer space, where they explore such mysteries as black holes and the origins of the universe, while trying to evade an evil scientist.
Recommended by Robert Stoddard


The Divorce Papers

By Susan Rieger

A romantic comedy told through emails, letters, transcripts, and articles follows a lively divorce through the eyes of cynical young law associate Sophie Diehl, who represents a humiliated woman throughout a separation from her ambitious doctor husband.
Recommended by Camille Close


Following Atticus: Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship

By Tom Ryan

In this inspirational tale filled with adventure, friendship and family, the author relates how he and his little dog named Atticus M. Finch attempted to climb all 48 of New Hampshire's 4,000-foot peaks twice to pay tribute to a friend who died of cancer and raise money for charity. 
Recommended by Carl Todd


Master and commander

By Patrick O'Brian

The first volume of the Aubrey/Maturin novels introduces Captain Jack Aubrey, commander of the HMS Sophie and Stephen Maturin, the ship's surgeon and British intelligence agent, during the age of the Napoleonic wars.
Recommended by Codey Kolasinski


The Running Dream

By Wendelin Van Draanen

Losing her leg in a car accident and fitted with a prosthetic that challenges her athletic ambitions, Jessica finds herself alienated from former friends and is tutored by a misfit girl she previously avoided.
Recommended by Debbie Roy


The Art of Racing in the Rain

By Garth Stein

Evaluating his life on the eve of his death, atypical canine Enzo considers the sacrifices his master, Denny Swift, has made in his pursuit of becoming a professional race car driver; the painful custody battle between Denny and his in-laws, and the dog's own efforts to preserve the Swift family.
Recommended by Debbie Roy


The Invention of Wings

By Sue Monk Kidd​

Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self. 
Recommended by Eileen Dwyer


The Martian

By Andy Weir

Stranded on Mars by a dust storm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity in unique ways.
Recommended by Jennifer Adams


The Fault in Our Stars

By John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis, but when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.  
Recommended by Jennifer Adams



By George Eliot

Peopling its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamund and pioneering medical methods threaten to undermine his career; and, the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding scandalous crimes from his past.
Recommended by Jennifer Baird


Angle of repose

By Wallace Stegner

Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, husbands and wives.  
Recommended by Jennifer Baird


Those who love; a biographical novel of Abigail and John Adams

By Irving Stone

For Those Who Love was a timeless love story that relates to American history. When you read this story, you will not be able to put it down. It tells you about historical events that happened in Boston during Abigail's life and how our country was formed. It was a beautiful story that a person who likes romantic novels could read, or one that a person interested in history could read.  
Recommended by Jennifer Baird


Killing Jesus: A History

By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

In this third installment in the bestselling history series, the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor traces the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history - Jesus of Nazareth, taking readers inside Jesus' life and recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable.
Recommended by Joyce Tomlinson



By Jeff Bauman with Bret Witter

A survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon, who set off one of the biggest manhunts in the country's history, talks about his experiences that early spring day and his ongoing mission to walk again after losing both legs, proving to the entire world what Boston Strong really means.
Recommended by Kelly Kielbania


In the Bleak Midwinter

By Julia Spencer-Fleming

Trying to acclimate herself to her new parish and surroundings, Clare Fergusson, the first female priest of an Episcopal church in Millers Kill, New York, finds herself immersed in murder when a newborn baby is abandoned and a young mother is brutally slain, forcing her to dig deeply into the town's secrets, while fighting her attraction to the married police chief.
Recommended by Lisa Lipshires



By Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
Recommended by Maria Destromp



By Veronica Roth

As war surges in the dystopian society around her, sixteen-year-old Divergent Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Recommended by Maria Destromp



By Veronica Roth

The highly anticipated conclusion to the best-selling trilogy that includes Divergent and Insurgent reveals the secrets of the dystopian world and the consequences of a fateful decision.
Recommended by Maria Destromp


The Secret Life of Sleep

By Kate Duff

Citing a high percentage of Americans who routinely experience sleep problems or shortages, the award-winning author of The Alchemy of Illness draws on a wide range of disciplines to reveal the healing benefits of sleep and argue for its prioritizing.
Recommended by Sue Mulry


King and Maxwell

By David Baldacci

After receiving a communication from his father, who had been supposedly killed in action in Afghanistan, teenager Tyler Wingo hires Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to investigate, which leads to troubling questions about Tyler's father and his mission.
Recommended by Theresa Labato


The Sixth Man

By David Baldacci

After alleged serial killer Edgar Roy is apprehended and locked away in a psychiatric unit, private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's lawyer--an old friend of Sean King--to look into the case. But en route to their first meeting with the lawyer, King and Maxwell discover his dead body.
Recommended by Theresa Labato


Hour Game

By David Baldacci

In the wake of a series of brutal murders in the Virginia countryside in which the killer leaves watches on the victims' bodies, investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell discover that the case may be related to one involving an aristocratic southern family a situation that turns worse when a copycat killer enters the fray.
Recommended by Theresa Labato

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