Summer Reads, Week 5

It's summer reading time and we're picking a few of the best each week.

It's summer reading time and we're picking a few of the best each week.  The Frankfort Public Library District's Summer Reading Club is for adults too - keep track of your books and audiobooks with our online summer reading log, then visit us to redeem prizes.

Office Girl by Joe Meno
Chicago is a great city for writers and readers.  Several local authors have published highly-acclaimed novels this year and Columbia College’s Joe Meno is one of them.  Meno’s latest features Odile, an art-school dropout, who may or may not find love with Jack, another artist.  These twenty-somethings want to defy contemporary culture, create their own art movement, ride bikes in the snow, do improv performance art on the ‘L’.  A quick read, Office Girl is a bittersweet 3-week romance, a moment in time during the Great Blizzard of 1999.

Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
On a seemingly normal Saturday morning in California, eleven- year old Julia and her parents wake up to the frantic news that the Earth’s rotation is slowing. Happening so gradually in the midst of wars, strange weather, and economic woes, no one has noticed until scientists finally break the news.  Days and nights continue to grow longer and devastating environmental effects begin to surface while Julia struggles to make sense of the chaos around her and in her own family. This debut novel explores the familiar coming of age theme in a rapidly changing world.

Say Nice Things about Detroit by Scott Lasser
This fast-paced novel of second chances shifts between 2006 and 1994, painting a portrait of a homecoming, a murder investigation, and of Detroit. David Halpert left Detroit after high school. Twenty-five years later, after his son's death and a divorce, he has returned to Detroit to care for his mother who has been diagnosed with dementia. Upon his return he finds out that his high school girlfriend and her half-brother have been shot. The racially polarized, economically collapsing city becomes the unlikely place where David can put together the pieces of his life. Actor Steve Carell has optioned the book.

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