Summer Reading List


the-brief-wondrous-life-of-oscar-waoThe books that have been selected for Summer Reading are now on display on the first floor of the Library. No matter what your interests are – art, science, psychology– or if your just looking for a really good story, we’ve got the book for you. Hand-selected by the Librarians, these books are guaranteed to enrich and enliven your summer- we would never steer you wrong! So grab a cool drink from Café Rachel and choose from the titles found here. Some of the highlights include:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

“Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion dollar industry. More than twenty years later, her children found out. Their lives would never be the same.”

Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides

“To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.”

The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum

In The Poisoner’s Handbook, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Deborah Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Drama unfolds case by case as the heroes of The Poisoner’s Handbook investigate a family mysteriously stricken bald, Barnum and Bailey’s Famous Blue Man, factory workers with crumbling bones, a diner serving poisoned pies, and many others. A beguiling concoction that is equal parts true crime, twentieth-century history, and science thriller, The Poisoner’s Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten New York.

Beethoven’s hair by Russell Martin

In Beethoven’s Hair, Russell Martin has created a rich historical treasure hunt, an Indiana Jones-like tale of false leads, amazing breakthroughs, and incredible revelations. This unique and fascinating book is a moving testament to the power of music, the lure of relics, the heroism of the Resistance movement, and the brilliance of molecular science.

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