Essential Summer 2017 Reads

Now that Memorial Day has passed, we can officially wear white and read summer books. We are often asked at the Reference desk what “everyone is reading,” but in the summer there seems to be an increase.  

Maybe people have more time in the summer. Maybe they are going on vacation, or maybe they have a nice hammock. 

Whatever the reason, we are here to help you find your next great book. Below is a list of titles getting buzz this summer. If none of these tickle your fancy, we will help you find something else.

Essential summer fiction

The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal 

The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron 

Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar

All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison MacLeod  

American War by Omar El Akkad  

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan  

Refuge by Dina Nayeri  

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy  

Broken River by J. Robert Lennon 

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny  

Essential summer non-fiction

Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family and Forgiveness in Southern Italy by Helene Stapinski  

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie  

American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and the Win the Glory of the World by David Baron  

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly  

Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford  

The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day by James Kakalios  

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and People Temple by Jeff Guinn



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