Rockin’ Reads, Part 6: More Reviews from Adult Summer Challenge Participants

Here’s another taste of what our Adult Summer Challenge participants have been reading:

Lucie F. on The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware: A chillingly atmospheric modern take on the classic Agatha Christie family-inheritance-murder plot. I loved that I was able to guess some of the mystery but as I puzzled over it, Ware stayed one step ahead of me!

Laura R. on Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: Great family saga dealing with issues of immigration and discrimination is perfect for our times. I didn’t know anything about the Korean/Japanese history so it was interesting history as well. A good read.

Sarah B. on The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee: The higher you rise, the farther you fall, and nowhere is this more true than in this book. Set in a vividly imagined 1000-floor skyscraper in the year 2118, it follows the lives of five teens from very different backgrounds and the ways their lives interlock, with exciting, romantic, surprising, and disastrous consequences. With a great prologue and a climax that left me scared about what a girl was wearing (the mark of ingenious writing), the story pulled me in and made me want to live among the well-developed and realistic characters. I look forward to reading the sequel and the release of book three next month!

Aaron B. on The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and and Daniel Kraus : A novelization of a film should expand on that film’s concepts & themes. Kraus & del Toro achieved that with an equally moving & romantic companion piece to del Toro’s Oscar-winning (& deserving) motion picture. A brilliant piece of romanticism.

Julie J. on The Soul of America by Jon Meacham: Brilliant, historical review of our American history when citizens and presidents have come together, not without struggles, to fight and survive battles of integration, racism, immigration, hate, just as we still do present-day. Yet, just published in spring 2018, brings a timely reminder with calming wisdom, that Americans must keep the faith and hope in our heritage. Author is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and writes beautifully.

Nayantara B. on Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis is the autobiographical story of the author’s coming of age in Iran after the Islamic Regime amidst the Iran-Iraq War. Though life in this time is very bleak, Satrapi’s use of the graphic novel genre is irreverent and ironic. It provides a window into a very different world while still highlighting the universal heartaches of losing innocence.

Howell B. on Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer: This book with a preposterous premisethat an Amtrak conductor has died and Joe Biden and Barack Obama work together to figure out what happenedis funny and enjoyable. It will provoke many appreciative laughs.

Lucy J. on Death in Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh: This Roderick Alleyn mystery surprised me a little with its relevance to today’s issuesheroin use in the 1930s? Always interesting to read Kiwi grande dame Ngaio Marsh’s books.

Join the fun! For a chance to win fabulous prizes in the Adult Summer Challenge, create a free Beanstack account and log each book you finish between June 13 and August 15.

Heidi’s Summer Reading List


You heard her on Midday with Tom Hall on WYPR Thursday.  Now here is how to get your hands on Pratt President & CEO Heidi Daniel’s Summer Reading selections. Click the covers to reserve your copy at the Pratt today.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Oprah’s 2018 Book Club pick, is the story of a couple who are torn apart when the husband is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century

John Woman by Walter Mosley

Due out in September, John Woman is a novel of ideas about the sexual and intellectual coming-of-age of an unusual man who goes by the name Woman.

Check out Walter Mosley’s Pratt Writers LIVE event on October 4

Under Fire by April Ryan

Coming out this September, April Ryan’s new memoir delves into her work as a White House correspondent reporting on the Trump Presidency.

Come see April Ryan at Pratt Writer’s LIVE on September 11. 

Educated by Tara Westover

Memoir of a young girl who was kept out of school by her survivalist family, and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

The Daily Show host’s memoir details his upbringing in South Africa.


Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Picture book about a little boy who loves mermaids and wants to be one. His abuela takes him on a magical adventure to show him anyone can be a mermaid

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

When middle schooler Amina’s mosque is vandalized, she uses her singing voice to bring her diverse community together.

Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

Illustrated by Emily Hughes, Charlie & Mouse is an easy reader book about two imaginative brothers.

Pratt Writers LIVE Podcasts

Can’t make it to hear your favorite writer speak? We’ve got you covered.

A number of the Pratt Writer’s LIVE events are recorded for Pratt Podcasts.


Check out Poetry and Conversation with Jennifer Chang and Jenny Johnson



Rachel Devlin discusses her new book,  A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools


Darnell Moore talks to the Pratt Writers LIVE audience about his new book, No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America


Never miss a minute of your favorite library programs by checking out Pratt Podcasts.

Hot New Titles as the Summer Heats Up

From thrillers to beach reads to true life love stories— the Pratt has the titles you need to get through the hot summer months. Click the cover to reserve your copy today.

New Fiction Titles

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Non Nonfiction Titles

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