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Check out the following book list to see what to read over the summer! The call numbers for the Greenwood Branch are listed, but you can click on the title and author to view all copies in the catalog.

 

 

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Fiction
Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood
Call Numbers: Fiction - FIC ATWOOD; ebook
Part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, Atwood retells The
Tempest, and places it in a modern setting. When Felix, the Artistic Director of the Makeshewig Theatre Festival, is betrayed by his trusted friend and assistant, he goes into exile for twelve years.  An unexpected opportunity for revenge comes through a prison theater course he teaches to create the perfect retribution for his enemies and a comeback for Felix.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Call Numbers: Fiction - FIC BACKMAN; Large Print - FIC BACKMAN; ebook; eAudiobook
This debut novel was translated from the Swedish and published in the US in 2014, but it’s on this list because it’s such a great book. Ove is the meanest, crankiest old man in his neighborhood. He meets his new neighbors when the man (an incompetent) backs over his mailbox, and the man’s chatty wife insists on sending him casseroles. They break through the emotional wall Ove has built, and the impact affects the whole neighborhood.

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
Call Numbers: Leased Plan - FIC Bowen

Rhys Bowen sets her newest mystery during World War II at Farleigh Place. When a soldier’s body is found on the grounds at Farleigh, there’s a strong suspicion he was a German spy. But who was he supposed to meet? And why? There are lots of secrets in this historical whodunit.

A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
Call Numbers: Fiction - FIC HASHIMI
Set in modern-day Afghanistan. Zeba has been a good wife to Kamal for twenty years, so when he’s found dead with an 
axe in his skull, her children can’t believe she murdered him. Kamal’s family firmly believe she’s guilty and demand retribution-her death and the marriage of her daughter to a cousin. Zeba is imprisoned where she meets and joins a sisterhood of women who are being protected from honor killings by their families. Hashimi gives us an eye-opening look at the lives of modern Afghan women in this moving novel.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander and J. K. Rowling
Call Numbers: Young Adult Fiction - Y FIC ROWLING
Although this book has been available for several years, it’s a fun read for anyone who enjoys Harry Potter or fantasy. Newt Scamander, as any Potterhead knows, is the world’s leading authority on Nifflers, Puffskeins, and Thunderbirds. He shares his knowledge in this look at the creatures which inhabit the magical (and Muggle) world.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Call Numbers: Fiction - FIC SEE; Large Print - FIC SEE
See introduces us to Li-yan, a woman whose tribe is tied to the land and the growing of tea. Although she is supposed to follow 
in her mother’s path and become a midwife, Li-yan works hard at school, hoping for a chance at greater opportunities. When she falls in love and becomes pregnant outside of marriage, she wraps her newborn daughter in a blanket with a tea cake and leaves her at an orphanage in the city. The child is adopted by an American couple and taken to California where she grows up as Haley, loved and privileged. Fans of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan should enjoy this one.
 



Nonfiction
Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin
Call Numbers: Biography - B BALDWIN

Known for his work in film, television, and now Saturday Night Live, Baldwin takes us from his childhood to the present day. He’s candid about his failures as well as his successes.

And Then You're Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over Niagara by Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty
Call Numbers:
Non Fiction - 612.002 CASSIDY
Paul Doherty, senior staff scientist at San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum, and Cody Cassidy present of series of macabre scenarios and tell us what would really happen if we tried any of them. It’s a humorous introduction to anatomy, physics, etc. that will appeal to adults as well as teens.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Call 
Numbers: 
Non Fiction - 976.6 GRANN
In the 1920s, the Osage found themselves in a unique position among Native American tribes. As other tribal lands were parceled out in an effort by the government to encourage dissolution and assimilation of lands and culture, the Osage negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma, creating a kind of “underground reservation.” It proved a savvy move; soon countless oil rigs punctured the dusty landscape, making the Osage very rich. And that’s when they started dying. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the 
Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe
Call Numbers: 
Non Fiction - 791.430 SIDIB
The daughter of a polygamous father and a mother who sang in the subway to support herself and her children, Sidibe writes honestly about her life before, during, and after Precious.
 

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