Long summer days are meant for reading! In between catching a wave or a quick dip in the pool, give a new book a try. Here’s a list of romantic comedies and suspenseful thrillers that are perfect for a summer day.
From biographies to how-to and self-help books, Nonfiction has something intriguing to offer so many readers. Here’s a look at Nonfiction books that our Adult Summer Challenge participants are enjoying.
The author introduces this well-researched volume by noting that Johns Hopkins destroyed his private papers so thoroughly that no credible biography exists.
He then continues by stating that the purpose of his book is to analyze how Hopkins’ legacy, the hospital, medical school, and university “became the defining factors that they are today, the largest private-sector employers in the city and the state, with a robust worldwide reach.” The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins definitely fulfills the author’s purpose but there is more.
As Pietila states, “a main goal of this book is to help the reader understand the idiosyncracies and complexities of Baltimore.” And here he succeeds magnificently. This is an essential book for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of how Baltimore got to where it is today. Pietila creates an amazing mélange of politicians, crooks, police commissioners, and local characters in a historical tour de force.
This is a cool and crafty book about turning T-shirts into one-of-a-kind styles. It’s my favorite DIY clothing book. Techniques feature cutting apart and reassembling shirts for beginners and more experienced crafters.
I must say that there are lots of casual, fun, and even insightful designs to make in this book. Great if you want to start making your own clothes.
Happy 4th of July! In between celebrating with fireworks and a plate (or two) of barbecue, consider spending the day curled up with a great book to read. Here’s a list of All-American classics, some new and old, some traditional, others not so much, that you might want to add to your reading list.
What book have you enjoyed lately? Here are some favorites of our Adult Summer Challenge participants:
I loved this book—it begins with fires and then works its way back to lead up to the event that opens the book. The author cleverly weaves in story elements slowly, building up and helping you understand the reason for the fires. It’s a slow build but done with such care and great writing.
She switches the point of view frequently, helping to develop the different characters and ultimately what assumptions you make at the beginning of the book are completely crushed by the end of the book. It’s a great read, totally engrossing, and you’ll love characters you thought you couldn’t, and find empathy lurking in every corner.
Join 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan as he makes final toasts to each of the five people who mattered most in his life. By turns humorous, tender, and shocking, his reflections paint a vivid picture of a man acknowledging his mistakes and appreciating his blessings.
Neil Gaiman takes the “Sleeping Beauty” story and transforms it into something rich, sinister, and strange. The 66 pages of this novella feature intricate drawings by Chris Riddell that perfectly illustrate the chilling horror of this telling. Startling and unexpected, this is NOT the story you heard growing up.
Thien Pham’s artwork is lovely, and Gene Luen Yang’s writing is really powerful. It sneaks up on you—I wasn’t expecting to be moved, but I was.
The viral hit “Cat Person” is only one of the stories in Roupenian’s debut collection. A fascinating series of examinations on evolving gender roles, one that’s funny and twisted, bizarre and honest.
As Pride Month comes to a close, we wanted to highlight nonfiction works from those in the LGBTQ + community. From history books to memoirs, we’re sure that they will not only inspire and educate but also be engaging reads!
Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister
By Anne Choma
Anne Lister was extraordinary. Fearless, charismatic and determined to explore her lesbian sexuality by forging her own path in a society. In 1834, she made history by celebrating and recording the first ever known marriage to another woman. Now the basis for the HBO series Gentleman Jack, this is her remarkable, true story.
The award-winning writer, Black Lives Matter activist, and advocate shares his journey of a scared, bullied teenager who not only survived, but found his calling. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society’s edges can thrive.
This book spotlights an international, intergenerational, intersectional mix of thirty artists who are remixing fiber craft traditions while reconsidering the binaries of art and craft, masculine and feminine, and gay and straight. To further examine how queerness informs their work, the artists are interviewed by makers and thinkers from the worlds of dance, design, fashion, media, music, museums, scholarship, and more―many members of the LGBTQ community themselves, and otherwise passionate allies.