Our bookmarks are in … books recommended July 2010

The Book of EverythingAuthor Heather Bouw­man is read­ing The Book of Every­thing by Guus Kui­jer, pub­lished in the US by Arthur Levine. “This book is one of the weird­est and best I’ve ever read. Post-WWII Nether­lands, quirky char­ac­ters, and a pro­tag­o­nist you want to root for for­ev­er.  I’d love to know what you think of it if you get the chance to read it!

epitaph roadLibrar­i­an extra­or­di­naire Don­na Nix is read­ing One Crazy Sum­mer by Rita Williams-Gar­cia.  Don­na writes, “Lik­ing it so far.  I’ve also cracked the cov­er on Epi­taph Road by David Pat­neaude.  Try­ing to fig­ure out why the Min­neapo­lis sky­line is on the cov­er — no clues in the first few pages.”

CountdownVic­ki Palmquist is read­ing too many books at once. “I put 27 books on reserve at the library and they all came in at once. Even the ones for which I was 32nd on the list! That will teach me.”  She’s read­ing Count­down by Deb­o­rah Wiles. “It’s a doc­u­men­tary nov­el, com­bin­ing pho­tographs, doc­u­ments from the 1960s, and fic­tion. I was­n’t sure how to han­dle that at first, but once I got into the read­ing groove, I found that I liked it a great deal. The fla­vor of the peri­od is even more intense than it would be with nar­ra­tive descrip­tion … the read­er knows things the char­ac­ters in the book could­n’t believ­ably con­vey. But all that ink makes it the con­tender for ‘Heav­i­est Book of the Year’ by weight. I grew up dur­ing this era, and Wiles’ com­po­si­tion gets all of the notes right.”

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