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Popular Reading for July

Summer is a great time to relax and read a good book! Check out some of our popular reading books!

The River of Doubt - Theodore Roosevelt Darkest Journey

The River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey by Candice Millard. From the publisher: "The true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing 1914 exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth, a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron. After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped tributary of the Amazon. He and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. Yet he accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it"

The Incarnations


The Incarnations by Susan Barker. From the publisher: "Hailed as "China's Midnight's Children," a gripping new novel about a Beijing taxi driver whose past incarnations haunt him through searing letters sent by his mysterious soulmate."


Lafayettle in the Somewhat United States


Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell. From the publisher: "On August 16, 1824, an elderly French gentlemen sailed into New York Harbor and giddy Americans were there to welcome him. Or, rather, to welcome him back. It had been 30 years since the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette had last set foot in the United States, and he was so beloved that 80,000 people showed up to cheer for him. The entire population of New York at the time was 120,000. Lafayette's arrival in 1824 coincided with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history. Congress had just fought its first epic battle over slavery, and the threat of a Civil War loomed.

But Lafayette, belonging to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction, was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what they wanted the country to be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans, it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing singular past."


Book cover with the title Mare


The Mare by Mary Gaitskill. From the publisher:"Velveteen Vargas is a Fresh Air Fund kid from Brooklyn. Her upstate New York host family is Ginger, a failed artist and shakily recovered alcoholic, and her academic husband, Paul. Over several years their relationships shift. Velvet's encounter with the horses at the stable down the road-- especially an abused, unruly mare called Fugly Girl-- changes her life. The journey between the vital, violent world of the inner city and the world of the small-town stable is told through various perspectives."


The Last Bus to Wisdom


Last bus to wisdom by Ivan Doig. From the publisher: "A lively and poignant coming-of-age story about a boy and his great-uncle on a cross-country odyssey. In the immortal American tradition, the pair light out for the territory together, meeting a classic Doigian ensemble of characters and having rollicking misadventures along the way. Charming, wise, and slyly funny, Last Bus to Wisdom is another treasure of a novel from the best storyteller of the West."


The Moment of Everything

The Moment of Everything by Shelly King. From the publisher: "Maggie, recently fired from a tech startup, spends her time at a used book store, waiting for something to come along, but when she finds an antique copy of "Lady Chatterley's Lover," everything changes.

Want to see more? We are always adding more new material to the library's collection.