Heidi’s Summer Picks

I keep telling my supervisor that I think we need to close the library down for an entire week so staff can devour the glut of fabulous new books being published this summer. Although she likes the idea, she doesn’t think it would be entirely justifiable to our customers and the city’s tax payers. I suppose she’s right, but I still pine for a week of uninterrupted reading. There are so many great titles out right now!

Here are the ones I’m most excited for this summer:


AmericanahAmericanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The author of Half of  Yellow Sun, Adichie’s newest novel chronicles the parallel lives of two Nigerians as they navigate the waters of international immigration and adjusting to different nations and cultures. I’m halfway through this book and have fallen in love with its elegant prose and poignant storyline.


LexiconLexicon, by Max Barry

A thriller about linguistics. ‘Nuff said.



LoteriaLoteria, by Mario Alberto Zambrano

A coming of age story about a girl who uses her set of Lotería cards—a Mexican game featuring riddles and vibrant images – to recount memories of love, loyalty, tragedy, and hope.



Lullaby of Polish GirlsThe Lullaby of Polish Girls, by Dagmara Dominczyk

The story of three friends, from their coming of age in a small town in Poland in the 1980s to their complicated adult lives.


SonThe Son, by Philipp Meyer

Although not my typical cup of tea, I’m pretty excited about this epic saga of a Texas clan during the 20th century.



Riding CampThe Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, by Anton DiSclafani

A lush, sexy, evocative debut novel of family secrets and girls’-school rituals, set in the 1930s South.






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