The long hot days of summer are just right for leisurely rests in the shade, cold drinks and a good read. Here are some suggestions for good reads from your friendly librarians at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 757 W, Napa St. The list includes new titles, classics, books for children and grown-ups, fiction and nonfiction.
“Lost Canyon” by Nina Revoyr
Lost Canyon exquisitely describes the California mountain wilderness, shows the reader the world through the eyes of people very different from one’s self and wraps it up in a tidy thriller bow. Highly recommended! You’ll want to put on your hiking boots (or not)!
“The Call of the Wild” by Jack London
A short adventure novel about a sled dog named Buck. A strangely potent narrative by our local legendary author, Jack London. Set in Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, it will cool you down on a hot summer day.
“The Oregon Trail: an American Journey” by Buck Rinker
Thinking about a road trip this summer? Reading about Rinker’s re-trek of the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon in a mule-drawn covered wagon will have you appreciating your car.
“My Family and Other Animals” by Gerald Durrell
A delightful book about growing up on the Greek island of Corfu. Quirky family, crazy characters and lots of wild animals. Light, fun and humorous! A perfect beach read.
“The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald
This novel is about books, book lovers and the magical effect of books. Characters are peculiar and charming. Sara travels from Sweden to meet Amy in Broken Wheel, Iowa. Sara arrives to find that Amy has died and has left an incredible book collection. Funny, touching and reminds us why we love to read!
“Skinny Dip” by Carl Hiassen
Irreverent, quirky and a bit twisted, (think Coen Brothers). Set in Florida with an underlying environmental message, Skinny Dip will make you laugh out loud. The characters are caricatures. No deep personal growth here, just book candy for those who appreciate the unconventional.
“Love That Boy” by Ron Fournier
Political journalist Fournier explores what we want for our children and what they truly need as he journeys with his teenage son Tyler, an Aspie, in search of common ground.
“Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero” by Rachel Renee Russell
If you’ve read all the Wimpy Kid and Dork diaries, you’re ready to meet Max Crumbly. Russell’s newest character feels like he’ll never make it out of middle school alive … literally! Lively and funny.
“Bloom” by Doreen Cronin
A stellar picture book! A delicate kingdom needs the help of the fairy Bloom, but royalty can’t stand her mess. With the help of servant girl Genevieve, the two prove the power of “ordinary” girls.