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Great Escapes: Ten Book Reviews from Adult Summer Reading Participants

Posted In: Events and Programs, Guest Contributors, Recommendations, Summer Reading for Adults
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By Shaileen B.

Escape the ordinary! That’s what the participants in our Adult Summer Reading Program are doing. Here are some of their extraordinary reads:

The Secret History of FantasyPat F. (Central Library) on The Secret History of Fantasy, edited by Peter S. Beagle: “This is the all-time best collection of fantasy stories I have ever come across. In addition to the stories, there are two memorable essays on fantasy, one by Ursula K. Le Guin, and a second by David G. Hartwell who discusses the commercial aspects of the fantasy genre as well as fantasy composition. Not to be missed!!”

Gabriel G. (Clifton Branch) on The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss: “Pat Rothfuss' second book makes one wish he'd publish more quickly. It delivers on the promises made in Name of the Wind, and creates just enough suspense for the final book in the trilogy for it to be maddening!”

Mickie G. (Govans Branch) on A Sudden Light by Garth Stein: “Best novel I've read this year. I would never have thought that I would have found the narration of a 14-year-old boy's summer so utterly compelling.”

William S. (Hampden Branch) on Black Sabbath by Mick Wall: “This book is an amazing write on the entire history of the band, not just the Ozzy and Dio period. Essential!!!!!”

Jacob S. (Light Street Branch) on Blaze: My Life As Told To Huey Perry by Blaze Starr: “After her passing, I finally lost all excuses not to read Blaze Starr's autobiography. A woman who shook off any attempts for a man to control her, she definitely did things her way. Though I was more interested about her time in Baltimore, the best part of the book is her musings on Earl Long and their relationship while he was governor of Louisiana. She gave it a depth that I assumed it did not possess and I came away kind of sad at the end result. Her story is laced with the tragedy of a West Virginian born into poverty but she is someone who absolutely made the most of it. A life well lived.”

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryNicole M. (Orleans Street Branch) on The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce: “Excellent book!! Tells the story of the power of faith, self-rediscovery and renewed love. Great read for the summer.”

Jacqueline A. (Patterson Park Branch) on A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin: “If you love the TV series but feel like you are missing nuggets of yummy character bits and background.... Read Game of Thrones. OMG!”

Wanda Q. (Reisterstown Road Branch) on The Perfect Affair by Lutishia Lovely: “This book is full of surprising suspense and everything required for an excellent read. Just when the reader predicts the perfect ending; the author does a 365.”

The AlchemistDionne J. (Roland Park Branch) on The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: “I thought the book was rather fascinating about the wisdom and wonder of a shepherd boy named Santiago who traveled in search of worldly treasures. His journey leads him to seek the importance of his own life. I related this to my very own life journey in fulfilling my destiny.”

Constance A. (Southeast Anchor Library) on That Summer Place by Jill Barnett, Debbie Macomber, and Susan Wiggs: “There is something about the summer that makes me want to read a nice, simple book. This title intrigued me. It is really three different short books that all feature a Victorian house on an island in Washington State…. Each story is a bit different. All are good. Each heroine has her own life-changing event…. A good summer read!"

Join the fun! Submit an entry to the Adult Summer Reading Program here

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