Author 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!
Librarian 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.”
Vicki 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.”