Must-Reads of Summer 2017

Double your pleasure! Our Featured Titles – Summer 2017 edition has double the usual goodness.

We think there’s a lot to love here. 

FICTION:  We’ve got the fun of Kevin Kwan (remember Crazy Rich Asians?), another Nina George “Paris” title, some first rate mystery with Anthony Horowitz’ Magpie Murders and The Marsh King’s Daughter, a father and daughter tale that brings murder close to home. Julia Glass is back with a beautiful book about an artist who is a fictionalized Maurice Sendak. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is the first new book from Arundhati Roy since her acclaimed novel The God of Small Things (it’s off to a roaring start – yes, we’re getting more copies!). Then there’s the buzz surrounding The Essex Serpent in which two unlikely characters are brought together by a common idea (note, this is not a fantasy novel, even though there’s a mythical monster that gets the headlines). We’re rooting for the debut novel Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore (who can resist a bookstore after hours?) and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. The Wanderers should appeal to folks who got caught up in the story of The Martian by Andy Weir.

NON-FICTION:  Imagine not being allowed to drive on account of being a woman.  Manal Al-Sharif shares the consequences of Daring to Drive in Saudi Arabia. What summer would be complete without baseball – take a summer stroll to the ball diamond with Baseball Life Advice from Stacey May Fowles. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is hitting all the right notes and sure to be popular here in Waterloo. Billy Bishop’s story is told by Diana Bishop in Living Up to a Legend. We’ve got history (Churchill & Orwell) the space race (Apollo 8) and some behavioural economics (Everybody Lies) – always interesting. Feast is a beautiful cookbook that is the product of a cross-Canada-food-love-expedition. You may want your own copy once you spend a little time with it. The Bright Hour and Driving Miss Norma both face the end of life, one with reflection (what makes a meaningful life?) and one with a bucket-list kind-of-a-road trip. If humour is what’s called for, maybe try: Would Everybody Please Stop?

Check out the full list of Featured Titles – Summer 2017 edition today!