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Summer Reads: Recommendations From Woodstock's Norman Williams Public Library

Jun 14, 2022 04:38PM ● By Virginia Dean

If you're looking for something new to read this summer, whether for the beach or rainy day, Woodstock's Norman Williams Public Library has chosen a few new books from their collection - fiction and non-fiction - for your summer reading pleasure.

Olga Dies Dreaming By: Xochitl Gonzalez

Olga and Pedro are high-powered adult siblings who have made dicey decisions, and the consequences are winging their way into their gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood. Pair that with a politically militant mother in hiding who still has an outsize influence. Add alluring romance, and you have a deftly written narrative that will keep you glued to your hammock.

Tasha: A Son's Memoir by: Brian Morton

Clear-eyed, loving, and brimming with dark humor, Tasha is an exploration of what sons learn from their mothers and the challenging task of caring for an elderly parent. Above all, Tasha is a vivid and surprising portrait of an unforgettable woman, a force of nature.

The Dark Flood: A Benny Griessel Novel By: Deon Meyer

A university student disappears, a police officer dies, weapons are missing, corruption is uncovered… From internationally acclaimed crime writer Deon Meyer, this new thriller offers propulsive and intricate plotting, sharp prose, and an ending that takes one's breath away. 

River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile By: Candace Millard

During a frenzy of interest in ancient Egypt in the 19th century, the Royal Geographical Society sent Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke to map the unknown. While enduring tremendous hardships and setbacks, the two men clashed and became bitter enemies. A third man, Sisi Mubarak Bombay, was on both expeditions as guide and protector. Stories of courage and adventure are set against the backdrop of colonial exploitation. 

The Drowning Sea By: Sarah Stewart Taylor

A body washed up on the coast of Ireland, and an American homicide detective on holiday is itching to help solve the mystery. In this third Maggie D'arcy novel, old secrets and village politics offset by the domestic drama of blending two families with teenagers make for an engaging summertime mystery.

Lessons in Chemistry By: Bonnie Garmus

Like science, life is unpredictable, and chemist Elizabeth Zott finds herself a single mother and the reluctant star of a popular 1960s cooking show. But she isn't just teaching women to cook; she's daring them to change the status quo. Observant and laugh-out-loud funny. 

Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals By: Laurie Zelisky

Funny Farm is a story of promises kept, dreams fulfilled, and animals lost and found. It's the story of the author's mother, who fled a nightmarish marriage with few skills and no resources, dragging three kids behind her and accumulating hundreds of cast-off animals on the way. And the story of carrying on her legacy…

Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance By: Alison Espach

Opening in the early 90s and charting almost two decades of shared history and missed connections, Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance is a breathtaking love story about two broken people who are unexplainably, inconveniently drawn to each other and a wryly astute coming-of-age tale brimming with unexpected moments of joy.

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