5 Books I'm looking forward to reading this summer

My name is Christy Thomas and I am the librarian in charge of the fiction collections at the Main Library. I'd love to hear about what you're excited about reading this summer (including non-fiction) in the comments. Also, I encourage you to participate in our Adult Summer Reading Program here where you can share thoughts about what you've read this summer and have the chance to win a prize.

While I enjoy some of Oakland's fabulous summer weather, I plan on cracking open the following novels:

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
Stephen L. Carter
Stephen Carter's new novel imagines that Abraham Lincoln survives his assassination, only to face the threat of impeachment. His defense team includes a determined young African-American woman pursuing the law and a lead lawyer who has just been found brutally murdered. It sounds like an exciting mix of alternate history and legal thriller from a bestselling author who is also a distinguished Yale Law Professor.
From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant
Alex Gilvarry
A fashion school graduate from the Philippines moves to New York City to become the next big thing, only to be accused of terrorism and sent to Guantanamo Bay. A dark satire touching on post 9-11 immigration issues as well as the world of haute couture. I am expecting a smart, humorous story with some style.
Thad Ziolkowsky
Wichita is a dysfunctional family drama featuring a recent Ivy League grad who, running from the pressures of academia and the heartbreak of a recent breakup, returns home to live with his New Age mom and bipolar brother. Publishers Weekly called it "Solidly captivating, and subtly twisted." Wichita is published by the offbeat Tonga Books imprint, which also recently gave us the excellent Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine. This stunning review from the New York Times clinched it for me.
Office Girl
Joe Meno
Meno's latest chronicles a romance between two slacker creative types. Booklist called it a "wistful, provacative, off-kilter love story" that is "shaped by tender empathy, buoyant imagination, and bittersweet wit."
The Age of Miracles
Karen Thompson Walker
I can't stop hearing about this novel. Reviews are everywhere, from the New York Times to NPR to just about every magazine. In this apocalyptically themed novel, the earth's spin slows down, shifting life as we know it and causing environmental catastrophes. The book focuses on how this event plays out in the life of an eleven year old girl. Right now I'm number 27 on the hold list so I know I'm not the only one who wants to read this. (Don't worry, we'll be buying more copies.)


Isabel Allende, I met her in

Isabel Allende, I met her in San Jose not too long ago and although I have not read any Spanish titles, ever, I am looking forward to reading El Cuaderno de Maya. I heard it's also coming out in English this year, but I'll challenge myself with reading it in Spanish and let you know how it goes!

Lucky you to read Isabel

Lucky you to read Isabel Allende’s latest in Spanish! She’s a perennial favorite for so many readers. It looks like El Cuaderno de Maya / Maya's Notebook may be available in English in October.


I've got two books that I've

I've got two books that I've been thinking about for a while and now I'm looking forward to as summer reading. The first is Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus which is speculative fiction about a world where kids poison their parents using speech. It's been described as "boldly imaginative" and "fierce, scary, hurtful, unsettling, and brilliant" and the cover is so pretty it'll be really easy to carry around.

The other is Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller. It is a retelling of the Trojan War story and while I read the Iliad in college I can't honestly say I cared much about it. But this book is supposed to change all that. As one reviewer says "this first-time novelist masterfully brings to life an imaginative yet informed vision of ancient Greece featuring divinely human gods and larger-than-life mortals."

Can't wait!

Andrea— I love the Flame


I love the Flame Alphabet cover too! Both that and Song of Achilles got fantastic reviews. Happy reading!


A library patron just

A library patron just recommended The Age of Miracles to me this week -- I started yesterday and am already halfway through! If you like your summer reads post-apocalyptic and character-driven, this is one to put on your radar.

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