June Summer Reads
Whether you’re going away or staycationing, here are 4 titles that provide a change of scenery and pace.
The dig by John Preston, 2016 FIC Preston
In 1939, a farmer’s widow in Suffolk, England, discovers she has buried treasure on her farm. Based on the true story of the Sutton Hoo archeological dig, Preston weaves a story of rivalries and the past’s hold on the present.
The blue between sky and water by Susan Abulhawa, 2015 FIC Abulhawa
Abulhawa traces a family’s fragile existence in a Gazan refugee camp through profiles of its strong women, starting with Nazmiyeh, arriving there soon after her marriage in 1948, following the Israeli attack on Beit Daras. The family gradually disperses, with her brother, Mamdouh, moving to North Carolina. His granddaughter, Nur, is raised with only snippets of information about her Palestinian heritage, until she travels to Gaza, where she meets her long-unknown cousins and aunts.
This was not the plan by Cristina Alger, 2016 FIC Alger
An overwork-and-alcohol-induced lapse in judgment at a company cocktail party leaves Charlie an unemployed attorney. This was not the life plan Charlie had in mind: no income, parenting a quirky young son, and facing his own estranged father.
The miracle on Monhegan Island by Elizabeth Kelly, 2016 FIC Kelly
Dog-napped Ned, an intelligent, highly observant and intuitive three-year-old shih tzu, narrates the story of the four men of the Monhegan family as they struggle to reconcile their past resentments, ongoing personality differences, and inner demons, amid small-town gossip, while housed in the dilapidated Maine family home.