June 2012


Recommended by Katie Nazarian

The One Book, One Region selection for 2012

By Geraldine Brooks

Formats: print and downloadable ebook

Author’s Website

New York Times Book Review

Publisher Description
Living in the isolated Puritan settlement of Great Harbor on Martha’s Vineyard, Bethia Mayfield, the bright young daughter of the local minister, balances her strict religion with a passionate love of nature and a growing curiosity about the culture of the Wampanoag tribe that populates the island. When Bethia secretly strikes up a friendship with a young Wampanoag named Caleb, she unknowingly begins a journey that will shape her life. Read more…

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Recommended by Lisa Kenyon

By Jeanette Winterson

Format: print

Author’s Website

New York Times Book Review

Salon.com Book Review

Publisher Description
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a memoir about a life’s work to find happiness. It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in a north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the universe as a cosmic dustbin. Read more…

Recommended by the NPR Summer Reading Series

By Patrick Flanery

Format: print

View in the Library Catalog

Author’s Website

New York Times Book Review

Q & A with Patrick Flanery from NJ.com

Publisher Description
In this stunning literary debut, Patrick Flanery delivers a devastating and intimate portrait of post-apartheid South Africa, and the perils of taking sides when the sides are changing around you. Read more…

Recommended by the NPR Summer Reading Series

By Jack Gantos

Formats: print and downloadable audiobook

Author’s Website

New York Times Book Review

Video interview with Patrick Flanery

Publisher Description
In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents caught up with them. Read more…

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