Summer reading suggestions

Summer Rec Reading

As summer approaches, and with it freedom from required readings, we thought you might enjoy a few recommendations.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Recommended by Christine Aden)

MeBeforeYouMe Before You is the poignant story of Louisa, a young woman who just lost her job, and Will, a 30-something titan of industry who has become a quadriplegic. When she becomes his caregiver, a friendship ignites. Their friendship will change who they are, but neither are prepared for what happens at the end of her 6-month contract. The cover art makes this look like a girly, frou-frou kind of book. That is not the reality. This book takes a hard look at very serious ethical issues, and it isn’t always easy to read. I fell in love with Lou and Will, I laughed at their snarky comments to one another, enjoyed their quiet adventures. In the end, they broke my heart. Beware! (But do read it, anyway.) (Leisure Collection)

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (Recommended by Amanda Makula)
storyhappymarriageI’ve never read any of Patchett’s fiction, but this delightful collection of essays makes me think I should. Patchett has pulled together many of her best nonfiction pieces over the course of her writing career and although some are long and others very short, they are all interesting. She includes reflections on her ambivalent experience touting her books while on tour, escaping to the Hotel Bel-Air in L.A. for a few days of solitude and people-watching, and having one of her books chosen as a common read at Clemson University only to find herself at the middle of a controversy over its “scandalous” content. The title of the book refers to her exploration of the legacy of divorce in her family and how she resisted marriage for years until a medical crisis threatened the life of her significant other. Perfect bedtime reading, this book is like comfort food: familiar, hearty, and nourishing. Enjoy! (Leisure Collection)

The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure (Recommended by Margi Rogal)

wilder lifeAs a little girl, did you absolutely love Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House books?  If you are one of the die-hard fans of all things Laura, you must read this funny, reflective, and engaging book about the romance and reality of Laura’s world as it was re-discovered and explored by a grown-up girl reader of the stories that have enchanted millions of children, including me! (Available via I-Share)

Middlemarch by George Eliot (recommended by Margi Rogal)

MiddlemarchOn the other side of bookdom from the Little House books is the classic Middlemarch, written, as a matter of fact, during the same late nineteenth-century period as Laura’s childhood. Laura was an American pioneer girl, however, while Dorothea Brooke was, well, a queenly English girl who saw the world through “coloured lamps.” If you love immersing yourself in a deep, throbbing Victorian novel, give yourself over to Middlemarch this summer.
The Dinner by Herman Koch (recommended by Carla Tracy)
DinnerThis is one of those tour-de-force stories with a (possibly) unreliable narrator–like Gone Girl, but with a very different plot. It was extremely popular in Europe before finally making its U.S. debut in late 2013. As Amazon.Com puts it, this novel “skewers everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions.” If you like to lose yourself in a mystery of this kind, just giving yourself up for the ride, The Dinner is a great choice. (Available via I-Share)

The FairTax Book: Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS by Neal Boortz (recommended by Sherrie Herbst)

fair taxI’m reading the “Fair Tax Book” again by Neal Boortz because I want a totally different tax system and the IRS replaced.  The Fair Tax is a consumer tax.   It would eliminate the payroll tax, the social security tax, the medicare tax, and many more taxes and our wages would be ours to spend without any tax deductions .  The Fair Tax  is only on new items and services and would equal the same amount of revenue coming into our federal government at present without cutting any programs.   The difference is 100% of the people would be paying taxes instead of the 50% that work. In addition, retirement savings are also not subject to any taxes upon withdrawal.  There would be no need for Roth accounts. This book is worth reading if you want to have more money in your pocketbook.  It is currently House of Representatives  (H.R. 25) and Senate Bill 122.  It is gaining momentum but so far only 84 House of Representatives are in favor of it.  Need far more before putting it to a vote. (3rd floor, HJ4652 .B65 2006)

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