Recommended Summer Reads 2014

Abbey Edward. Desert Solitaire; a Season in the Wilderness. McGraw-Hill 1968. The moving autobiographical work of Edward Abbey, considered the Thoreau of the American West, and his passion for the Southwestern wilderness. MLN Owned

Abbott, Megan. Dare Me. Reagan Arthur Books, 2012. After a suspicious suicide, the members of a high school cheerleading squad, along with their new, perfectly cool coach, Colette French, are drawn into the investigation. BELMONT/Adult FIC ABB

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected. BELMONT/New Books FIC ADI

Alexander, Tasha And Only to Deceive. William Morrow c2005 This engaging, witty mix of Victorian cozy and suspense thriller draws its dramatic spark from the endearingly headstrong heroine's growth in life and love. BELMONT/Adult FIC ALE

Bishop, Anne. Murder of Crows: a Novel of the Others. ROC, 2014. Building on the story told in the initial book, Written in Red (2013), Meg Corbyn is finding that life as a blood prophet, away from the man who had owned her, is anything but simple.

Briggs, Patricia. Night Broken. Ace Books, 2014. An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble. Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. BELMONT/New Books SCI FIC BRI

Burrowes, Grace. The MacGregor's Lady. Sourcebooks Casablanca, c2014. Asher MacGregor, the new Earl of Balfour, refuses to choose a Society wife to be his countess, though he agrees to host Boston heiress Hannah Cooper for one Season. When he's tended to that chore, he'll happily go home. BELMONT/Paperback PbF B

Doyle, Roddy. The Guts. Viking, 2014. A triumphant return to the characters of Booker Prize-winning writer Roddy Doyle's breakout first novel. The Commitments, now older and wiser, are up against cancer and midlife. Jimmy Rabbitte is back. BELMONT/New Books FIC DOY

Faber, Michel. Under the Skin. Harcourt, c2000. There is lots of excitement about this quirky little import from Scotland, whose heroine--tiny, birdlike Isserley, wears incredibly thick glasses and has a knock-out figure--picks up hitchhikers with big muscles and interesting family stories for mysterious reasons of her own. BELMONT/Adult FIC FAB

Frost, Jeaniene. Up from the Grave. Avon Books, 2014. Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband, Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war.

Haig, Matt. The Humans. Simon & Schuster, 2013. Regarding humans unfavorably upon arriving on Earth, a reluctant extraterrestrial assumes the identity of a Cambridge mathematician before realizing that there's more to the human race than he suspected. BELMONT/New Books SCI FIC HAI

Hall, Tarquin. The Case of the Missing Servant: from the Files of Vish Puri, India's "most private investigator". Simon & Schuster, 2009. Meet Vish Puri, India's most private investigator. Portly, persistent, and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swath through modern India's swindlers, cheats, and murderers. In hot and dusty Delhi, where call centers and malls are changing the ancient fabric of Indian life, Puri's main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests. BELMONT/Adult MYS HAL

Harris, Charlaine. Midnight Crossroad. Ace Books, 2014. First in a new trilogy from Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale, Midnight, Texas, populated by more strangers than friends. BELMONT/New Books MYS HAR

Harrison,Kim. The Undead Pool. Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014. Supernatural superhero Rachel Morgan must counter a strange magic that could spell civil war for the Hollows. BELMONT/New Books SCI FIC HAR

Jones,Sadie. The Uninvited Guests. HarperCollins, c2012. We're in English country house territory in Jones' novel, but it's not exactly Downton Abbey. A few friends have been invited for dinner to celebrate Emerald's twentieth birthday. Then come the uninvited guests, survivors of a train accident on the branch line. Part comedy of manners and part ghost story, this novel is full of surprises. BELMONT/Adult FIC JON

Kaaberbol , Lene and Agnete Friis. The Boy in the Suitcase. Soho Crime, c2011. Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. BELMONT/Adult FIC KAA

Pratchett,Terry. Raising Steam: a Discworld novel. Doubleday, 2013. Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork--Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.

Roberts,Nora. The Collector. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2014. When professional house-sitter Lila Emerson witnesses a murder/suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as she knows it takes a dramatic turn. BELMONT/New Books FIC ROB

Ruiz, Miguel. The Four Agreements. Center Point Pub., 2008. In this powerful book, and its companion, we learn the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. MLN Owned

Ryan, Sofie. The Whole Cat and Caboodle. Obsidian, an imprint of New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2014. Sarah Grayson is the happy proprietor of Second Chance, a charming shop in the oceanfront town of North Harbor, Maine. At the shop, she sells used items that she has lovingly refurbished and repurposed. But her favorite pet project so far has been adopting a stray cat she names Elvis.

Simsion, Graeme The Rosie Project. Simon & Schuster, 2013. Read-out-loud laughter begins by page two in Simsion's debut novel about a 39-year-old genetics professor with Asperger's-but utterly unaware of it-looking to solve his Wife Problem. BELMONT/New Books FIC SIM

Tanner,Colby. Some of My Best Friends are Black: the strange story of integration in America. Viking, 2012. Funny and incisive, this social history chronicles America's troubling relationship with race through four interrelated stories. BELMONT/New Books 305.896 COL

VanLiere, Donna. The Good Dream. Thorndike Press, 2012. Denounced by her 1950 Tennessee community as an old maid, 30-something Ivorie Walker advocates on behalf of a feral boy who has been stealing vegetables from her garden. BELMONT/Large Print LARGE PRINT FIC VAN

Wayne, Teddy. The Love Song of Jony Valentine. Free Press, 2013. Jonny Valentine is a talented tween singing sensation, much like Justin Bieber. This often scathing satire of manufactured celebrity follows the travails of the 11-year-old singer who is both its beneficiary and its victim. BELMONT/Adult FIC WAY

Weber, David. Like a Mighty Army. Tor, 2014. Humanity is hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth. Then awoke Merlyn Athrawes, cybvernetic avatar of a warrior 1000 years dead, felled in the war in which Earth was lost. Merlyn has one purpose: to restart the history of the too-long-hidden human race.