It’s still not too late to sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Club. It’s free and fun! At this time of year, my personal “to read” list quadruples in size because one of my jobs here in the Reader Services Department is to write up patron book reviews for suggested reading lists that are produced at the end of the summer. I read lots of recommendations from our patrons as they come in on their reading logs. This year, we asked if participants would be willing to share some of their comments. Here is a sampling of what Northbrook Library staff and patrons have been reading this summer:
Staff Member Vicki O. is a great fan of mysteries. Lately, she has been enjoying a series of gardening mysteries by Ann Ripley. The main character is PBS gardening show host Louise Eldridge. Death in the Orchid Garden takes Louise on location to Hawaii, where spectacular oceanside cliffs and Volcanoes National Park provide dangerous and exotic settings for murder.
Patron Kurt Y. recently read Mary Ann in Autumn, by Armistead Maupin, author of the popular "Tales of the City series." Revisiting some of the old characters, this novel focuses on Mary Ann Singleton who escapes her once stable life in Connecticut to return to her old haunts in San Francisco. Kurt likes Maupin’s writing style, and comments that he writes “as if he’s talking to his readers.”
This year our Adult Summer Reading theme is “First Novels.” I recently read a debut by Shilpi Somaya Gowda called Secret Daughter. Gowda tells the story of a poor Indian mother who secretly gives her daughter to an orphanage to keep the baby from being killed. The chapters alternate between the life of the Indian mother and the parallel story of the American couple who adopts the little girl. The daughter, Asha, faces challenges as she grows up and grasps for pieces of her past. Eventually, Asha must reconcile how she fits in to two very different cultures. A worthy addition to the growing Indian fiction genre.
---- Lori S., Reader Services