Here is the current list of books that have been recommended for our summer reading. Please come back often as the list will be updated as new submissions are made. Selecting the little triangles that appear in each column will allow you to sort the list by the information found in that column (books by title, by author, etc).
If you want to submit the name of a book to be added to the list you will find the submission form here.
|Book Title:||Author:||Submitted by:||Why I recommend:|
|Call It Courage||Armstrong Perry||Pastor Ed||When I was about 10 years old, I read this book over and over again. It was a story about a young boy in an ancient Polynesian culture. Like me at that age he is plagued by fear. He confronts his fears by going on a solo adventure. This book is similar to Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen (another great book!) in that the young man must survive in a hostile environment.|
|The Man Who Moved a Mountain||Richard C. Davis||Mike H||The story of a man who tamed a while, whisky making,trigger happy group of mountaineers - very close to where my ancestors lived. Inspirational.|
|The Thirteen American Arguments||Howard Fineman||Mike H||The never to be resolved debates that define our democracy.|
|The Boys in the Boat||Daniel James Brown||Mike H||The story of the rowing crew that won the Gold Medal in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. A story of great courage and endurance in the face of great adversity.|
|Homegoing||Yaa Gyasi||Joyce H||This was my favorite book of 2016. Its about a black family - one part in Africa, one in the U.S. One generation follows another on both sides. Each chapter reads like a short story. Wonderful writing. This is a riveting book.|
|Pachinko||Min Jin Lee||Joyce H||Just try to put this book down. It's about Koreans who settle in Japan. Its enlightening and a great read.|
|Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life||William Finnegan||Joyce H||On a hot day consider getting into a terrific book about surfing. Even if you don't like to surf. Relive your youth. You'll be glad you did.|
|Pride and Prejudice||Jane Austin||Ware W||Best love story ever. Mr Darby is the best romantic character. Also a great look a t home first impressions are often wrong. i.e. filled with pride or prejudice and that we should be open to learning more.|
|A Gentleman in Moscow||Amor Towles||Ware W||A Russin nobleman in the 1920's is sentenced to spend the rest of his life confined to the Metropole Hotel in Moscow. He turns his adversity into a great adventure - not resigning himself to circumstances but embracing them.|
|What Alice Forgot||Liane Moriarity||Ware W||Protagonist bumps her head during spin class and forgets the last ten years of her life. Rebuilding her life gives her a chance for a "do-over" and to discover what's really important and at her core.|
|Catherine the Great||Robert Massie||Charlotte H||Amazing biography.|
|Nicholas and Alexandra||Robert Massie||Charlotte H||Amazing biography|
|Ordinary Grace||Wm Kent Krueger||Charlotte H||I loved the book and then I met him and he explained how this book was his passion. His other books are mysteries.|
|Trio||Ken Follet||Charlotte H||These three books again are letting our world history thru fiction. First and Second World Wars and now five families - American, U.K. German, France and Russia|
|Reflections||John Nobuya Tsuchida, Editor||Audrey O||It is a non-fiction book of memoirs of Japanese America women in Minnesota. My Mother and my Aunt tell their stories.|
|The Insatiable Search for Truth||Joseph Norio Uemura||Audrey O||This non-fiction book is about my Uncle Joseph Norio Uemura. It is his life story.|
|What Pet Should I Get?||Dr Seuss||Audrey O||I like this story because of the cute pictures.|
|The Book of Joy||Douglas Abrams||Tom P||The author recaps a week where Archbishop Desmond Tutu visits the Dalai Lama.|
|Elizabeth Street||Laurie Fabiano||Tom P||A true story of an immigrant in NYC from Sicily in the early 1900's.
It is a gripping tale.
|Perfect Hostage, The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi||Justin Wintle||Tom P||What she did and how she persevered through years of persecution and deprivation
to bring democracy to the people of her country.
|Astoria||Peter Stark||Tom P||John Jacob Astor had a vision. He collaborated with the president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.
The vision was to establish a colony on the west coast of North America. The book tells the story of the
unimaginable hardships these people endured to establish Astoria. In the end it failed but in failing many of
the elements of the effort carried over into many future successes.
|The Century Trilogy||Ken Follett||Tom P||An epic tale of just a few families that lived through the 1900's|
|Escape from Camp 14||Blaine Harden||Tom P||The life of one person born and raised in a North Korean prison camp. Just as he
was entering adulthood he escaped to find there was a world other than prison camp.
|Love Wins||Rob Bell||Bob W||"Love Wins" is a passionate argument for a theology that embraces ALL of the world as saved by Christ's love, even those who do not know Jesus' name. Rob Bell was pretty much cast out of the evangelical community as a heretic after publishing this, but he has continued to find an audience that REALLY needs to know about God's unconditional love.|
|Pride and Prejudice||Jane Austen||Bob W||It's a droll observation of human foibles that makes me laugh out loud, and it's still relevant two centuries later for exposing the hypocrisy that creeps into every society. My favorite novel!|
|The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy (series)||Douglas Adams||Bob W||It's a silly, brilliant, tongue-in-cheek explanation of just how naive we Earthlings are, and how bureaucrats run the universe. It also offers a surprisingly simple answer to the question of "life, the universe, and everything"...
Sometimes you just need something harmlessly amusing to read!
|A Gentleman in Moscow||Amor Towles||Martha K||Beautiful artistic prose - Main character Count Rostov undergoes great changes because of the Russian Political Situations - Historically very interesting - laugh and cry with this one.|
|Captain Pamphile||Alexandre Dumas||Martha K||It is funny - 200 years old and still funny... The whole improbable tale is told in dignified words, as if it could be believable - This is a a comic Weekly serial that Dumas wrote for the Parisian newspaper, very popular at the time.|
|The Far Pavilions||M. M. Kaye||Martha K||About India at downfall of British Residence in Kabal (1879) Author lived through and understood the country, Its religions, politics, traditions, nature - Book is very long, but Kaye has much to tell: lovely writing style.|