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Summer Reads 2017

Summer Reads: Sheila Burns & Becky Gilmer on the Jefferson Exchange

What do you like to read in the summer? Thrillers? Classics? Philosophy? Press play and listen to Bloomsbury Books’ co-owner Sheila Burns and Bloomsburian Becky Gilmer discuss books with Geoffrey Riley on Jefferson Public Radio’s Jefferson Exchange. Scroll down and read the full list of recommended reads, including those we didn’t get the chance to discuss!

heartsinvisiblefuriesTHE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIES
John Boyne
The book opens on the church steps in a little village in western Ireland where a young girl, pregnant and alone, is being thrown out by their Catholic priest, a man who has fathered two children of his own. The baby is sent to an orphanage in Dublin where he is adopted by a wealthy family. This epic novel by the author of the Boy in the Striped Pajamas carries readers from the 1940s to present day, cataloging the struggles and hurts of being an outsider, both as an orphan and a gay man. Sheila compares this book to Evelyn Waugh and Charles Dickens.
gentlemaninmoscowA GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW
Amor Towles
The publisher blurb drew Sheila to this book:“This is a book in which the cruelties of the age can’t begin to erase the glories of real human connection and the memories it leaves behind.” A Bolshevik tribunal sentences Count Alexander Rostov to life imprisonment in a hotel room for writing a poem. This is the story of a man who has never worked a day in his life learning to be human. It has stayed on the bottom of the bestseller list for the better part of a year, and is a great distraction while you learn a lot about Stalin, Khrushchev and Russian history.
missingpresumedMISSING PRESUMED
Susie Steiner
The daughter of the physician to the royal family is missing in this British mystery that is reminiscent of Kate Atkinson. The plot and resolution are interesting, but the characters are the real driving force. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries her hand at online dating between cases, and seems to have the worst luck with men. The story is told through different characters, all looking at the crime and each other. This is the book to cancel appointments for.
marrowislandMARROW ISLAND
Alexis Smith
I love the opening line of Alexis Smith’s award-winning second novel: “I forgive them for trying to kill me.” Lucie was just a child when an earthquake shattered her idyllic world on a remote island. Decades later, a letter from her childhood best friend, Katie, pulls Lucie back to the islands, where a colony has risen from the rubble. Katie’s letter piques both Lucie’s heart and her journalist’s instincts. What she finds is terrifying and beautiful. The story unfolds in two time-lines, and slowly reveals the truth about Marrow Island. This Lambda award winner is haunting and acts as an elegy for the planet and friendship.
bearandthenightingaleTHE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE
Katherine Arden
I have been raving about this book since an advanced reading copy landed on my desk last summer. It is the first in a series (the second one, Girl in the Tower, is due out in January) and just came out in paperback. Vasilisia, a young girl born to a magical line, stands alone against her village and an evil gathering in the woods in this deeply atmospheric tale based on Russian folklore. What it does well: An homage to epic fantasy that will appeal to current readers of the genre, with enough of a bent towards folklore to also appeal to those less comfortable in the realm of fantasy. With a strong heroine and finely detailed world, this is a story to curl up with on a hot summer day when you want to escape into a cold, winter wonderland.

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