Summer is the perfect time to take a step back and spend time enjoying great books. Here are some titles to get you started, from inspiring memoirs to hilarious graphic novels to heart-warming romances to heart-pounding thrillers.
My Accidental Jihad: A Love Story by Krista Bremer
Krista Bremer was a surfer and an aspiring journalist when she met Ismail--sincere, passionate, kind, yet from a very different world. Raised a Muslim, his faith informed his life. When she and Ismail made the decision to become a family, Krista embarked on a journey she never could have imagined, an accidental jihad: a quest for spiritual and intellectual growth that would open her mind, and more important, her heart. Also available in eBook.
A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred by George F. Will
Summer is about baseball, and what is baseball without the Chicago Cubs? Their stadium Wrigley Field turns 100 this year, and award-winning columnist George Will explores its century of highs and lows in relation to his upbringing, the growth of Chicago, the history of baseball, and the nature of sports fandom. Also available in eBook.
Over Easy by Mimi Pond
A fast-paced fictionalized memoir about diners, drugs, and California in the 1970s, Over Easy is a brilliant portrayal of a familiar coming-of-age story. After being denied financial aid to cover her last year of art school, Margaret finds salvation from the straightlaced world of college and the earnestness of both hippies and punks in the wisecracking, fast-talking, drug-taking group she encounters while working at the Imperial Café. Chatty, slyly observant anecdotes create a compelling portrait of a distinct moment in time.
The Doors of Joy: 19 Meditations for Authentic Living by Daniel Odier
We know from countless spirituality and self-help books that authentic joy has no object - it is truly free and boundless. And yet how many of us can say that joy is more than a fleeting feeling? Daniel Odier's approach is refreshingly straightforward. All it requires is a willingness to disengage from our habitual ways of thinking, and practise being present throughout the day. He calls his method, "The Practice of Consciousness."
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Edwin Catmull
The co-founder and president of Pixar Animation Studios presents a distillation of the ideas and management principles he has used to develop a the company's successful creative culture--one that doesn't just pay lip service to the importance of things like honesty, communication, and originality, but has committed to them, no matter how difficult that often proves to be. A must-read for Pixar fans as well as workplace managers. Also available in eBook.
Delicious!: A Novel by Ruth Reichl
Working as a public relations hotline consultant for a once-prestigious culinary magazine, Billie Breslin unexpectedly enters a world of New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors while reading World War II letters exchanged between a plucky 12-year-old and legendary chef James Beard. Former food editor and memoirist Reichl's debut novel is full of food and heart. Also available in eBook.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
A well-respected writer is implicated in the cold case murder of a young teenage girl who disappeared in 1975, motivating the young novelist he is mentoring to begin his own investigation. This brilliantly intricate murder mystery from France is an award-winning, best-selling, international phenomenon.
No Sunshine When She's Gone by Kate Angell
When Jillie Mac pretends to be a boardwalk fortune teller in the charming beachside town of Barefoot William, Florida, it leads her into the arms of local rich boy Aiden Cates. A delightful light read for summer. Also available in eBook.
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
This astonishing debut espionage thriller depicts the collision course between two geniuses, one a tortured hero and one a determined terrorist, in a breakneck story reminiscent of John le Carré and Robert Ludlum at their finest. It is a twisting thriller that jockeys between astonishingly detailed character study and breakneck globetrotting.
Evening Stars: A Blackberry Island Novel by Susan Mallery
Bestselling author Susan Mallery returns to Blackberry Island with the poignant tale of two sisters on the verge of claiming their dreams. But before they can reach for the stars, they have to decide what they want. Will Averil stay on the island? Will Nina leave? And what about the men who claim to love them? Does love heal, or will finding their happy ending mean giving up all they've ever wanted? Also available in eBook.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Set on the planet Mars in a bleak future society torn by class divisions, this propulsive, graphic adventure featuring a fascinating mix of genres follows the experiences of secret revolutionary Darrow, who, after witnessing his wife's execution by an oppressive government, joins a revolutionary cell and attempts to infiltrate an elite military academy. Also available in eBook.
The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion
When Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, decides it's time he found a wife, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, & the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. When an unlikely relationship develops, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie-and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don't find love, it finds you.