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SERPENTS, STROLLS, AND SUPLEXES

Our Summer 2017 Reading List


You've seen our list for the younger readers. Here's what we think adults should check out over the summer.

FICTION:

ESSEX SERPENT by Sarah Perry
A young widow and amateur naturalist, her son, and the boy’s nanny leave London for the countryside, where a mythical winged creature is said to have returned to terrorize the villages. (If only that nanny were Mary Poppins!) Like a Victorian two-part episode of The X-Files with just a hint of Mulder-Scully shipping.

STEPHEN FLORIDA by Gabe Habash
The great wrestling novel has arrived! An investigation of masculinity that’s in turns funny, creepy, and devastating, Stephen Florida does for the half-nelson what Whiplash did for drum fills.

THE CHILD by Fiona Barton
In the process of gentrifying London, a construction crew finds a tiny skeleton inside a abandoned building. Instead of pitching a Toronto Life story on the reno, journalist Kate Waters leads an investigation into the pasts and secrets the crumbling home in this must-have dead-child beach read novel of the summer!

THE MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz
If you’ve been waiting for a near-perfect Agatha Christie homage, hold onto your crumpets, because Anthony Horowitz – heir to the Ian Fleming mantle – delivers a mystery about a reader of the genre who becomes the detective of her own vintage English crime story.

NONFICTION:

FLANEUSE by Lauren Elkin
These books were made for walking! If you’ve ever expressed ire about how men can just wander anywhere and everywhere, seemingly at all times of day, without no worries about personal safety, Elkin’s book serves as a lively, compelling stroll through history, urbanism, and memoir that – Solnit-like – investigates the masculine bias of a good constitutional.

TOO FAT, TOO SLUTTY, TOO LOUD by Anne Helen Petersen
A good title, a good tattoo, and a good tombstone, BuzzFeed culture writer Petersen’s Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud is also a page-turning, analytical look at the nonconformist women the public loves to hate.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME by Sherman Alexie
Though Mother’s Day has come and gone, the most moving and incendiary book about mother-son relationships is available now. The author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian paints an unforgettable portrait of a woman with large love and even larger personal demons.

THE SCHOOL YEAR SURVIVAL COOKBOOK by Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh
Is it too early to think about ‘back to school’? Not when it comes to food! Local authors Keogh and Marsh show you how to make three square meals (for geometry class), and with great velocity (for physics). New solutions for feeding the body and brains of the student(s) in your life.