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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: June Recommendations for Adults

Friday, June 6, 2008

June Recommendations for Adults

Read Everything Under the Sun - Adult Summer Reading Program 2008, June 2 to July 26!


The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe - Terminally ill patients have been welcoming Simon into their homes; he brings relief for their pain and they are grateful. He also relieves them of their lives, grotesquely contorting their faces for a singular purpose. When Simon visits Port Dundas, Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef finds herself tracking a serial killer with a mission she must stop him from fulfilling. Inger Ash Wolfe, a pseudonym, brings a compelling new voice and an irresistible new heroine to the mystery world.

Calumet City by Charlie Newton - Meet Patti Black, the most decorated cop in Chicago. On her ghetto beat, Patti Black redefines the word badass. But her steel-plated exterior belies the wrenching legacy of her orphan childhood. When a series of unrelated cases all point in her direction, she finds herself facing the dark truth. For Patti Black, that history didn't die in the tenement wall; it's alive—and riding her down. Among the most self-assured and sharply crafted debuts in recent years, Calumet City detonates a Molotov cocktail of character-driven suspense and ghetto-Chicago intrigue.

The End of Baseball by Peter Schilling - Hungry for a pennant, Bill Veeck jettisons the team's white players and secretly recruits the legendary stars of the Negro Leagues, fielding a club that will go down in baseball annals as one of the greatest ever to play the game. The Philadelphia Athletics of the 1943 season included: the tragic Josh Gibson; the remarkable but self-centered Satchel Paige; the Cuban wonder Martin Dihigo; the veteran stalwarts Cool Papa Bell, Willie Wells, and Buck Leonard; and the rising stars Roy Campanella, Artie Wilson, and Dave Barnhil. The End of Baseball is the most rollicking, free-spirited baseball yarn in years.

Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland - The author of the internationally acclaimed Josephine Bonaparte trilogy returns with another irresistible historical novel, this one based on the life of Louise de la Vallière, who, against all odds, became one of the most mysterious consorts of France's Louis XIV, the charismatic Sun King. A riveting love story with a captivating mystery at its heart, Mistress of the Sun illuminates both the power of true and perfect love and the rash actions we take to capture and tame it.

The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard by Erin McGraw - Based on McGraw's grandmother, 17 year old Nell Plat flees husband, babes, and crushing boredom in early 1900s Kansas to become a costumer to the stars in newly flourishing Hollywood. But the past won't stay put, and Nell's new found happiness is jeopardized when her Kansas family finds their way to her door.


Farewell My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living by Doug Fine - Living green and buying local has been the mantra of recent years and Doug Fine whole heartedly embraced the philosophy. Although lacking any practical experience in farming, he moves to a remote ranch in New Mexico and attempts to lead the eco-aware life such as using grease from a Chinese restaurant in place of fossil fuel. His successes are inspiring and his failures are immensely amusing. Doug Fine is a frequent contributor to NPR and author of Not Really An Alaskan Mountain Man.

Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives by Jim Sheeler - Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sheeler spent two years shadowing Maj. Steve Beck, a Marine in charge of casualty notification, as he delivered the news of battlefield death to families. Sheeler puts readers in Beck's shoes as he walks up to houses, delivers the knock on the door so dreaded by military families and tries to comfort distraught spouses and parents. An eloquent tribute to families facing the devastating loss of a loved one in war.

Passion on the Vine: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Family in the Heart of Italy by Sergio Esposito - Food and wine are so much a part of Italian life, Esposito shares poignant and often hilarious stories of his relationships with his family and Italian friends. Passion on the Vineis an utterly unique and enchanting work about Italy and its culture.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris - A new collection by the master of the sardonic, these 22 essays catalogue Sedaris' dark humor on subjects like death, insects, compulsions, life with perfectly normal Hugh, embarrassing moments in everyday life, and his wacky sister Amy. Fans will not be disappointed.


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