What are library staff members reading this summer? What do they recommend? We asked them.
Here are their responses:
Anna from Toronto Reference Library:
Confidence by Russell Smith
I have enjoyed previous books by this author and I love his style: very honest, witty, somehow sarcastic, but not without sympathy for his characters, who are usually somehow lost and miserable despite having seemingly comfortable lives.
Russell Smith writes about Toronto and its inhabitants in a very captivating way, touching such relevant themes as the impact of immigration, gentrification, political scandals, corruption, or different kinds of addiction.
It's hard not to be annoyed by the characters from the stories, but in the same time it's hard not to feel sorry for them and sympathize with them. A great book not just for summer!
Gloria from Bloor/Gladstone:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
• Talking Book (restricted to Print Disabled patrons)
Filled with haunting landscapes, strong emotions and multi dimensional characters, Emily St. John Mandel has created a post apocalyptic world that draws the reader in to a tale of ambition, fame and tragedy.
Lynn from Cedarbrae:
61 Hours by Lee Child
• Large Print
This addictive series follows Jack Reacher, a loner former MP who crisscrosses the country helping those in need with a single minded, cold logic and observation skills that mean Reacher is unmatched.
Susan from North York Central Library:
The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante
When I first read Elena Ferrante, I had to force myself not to read all of her books right away. I carefully rationed myself over the past year and have now read all her novels except for The Lost Daughter. I read slowly to fully appreciate the astringent, precise quality of her prose and the rage and directness of her narrative voice. The final book in her Neapolitan series comes out in September and I'll be ready.
Ted from Agincourt:
Play On: Now, Then and Fleetwood Mac, the Autobiography by Mick Fleetwood and Anthony Bozza
He tells the story of the band he formed in the late 60s, with all the ups and downs. The comings and goings of members especially Stevie Nicks.
I have been a huge fan especially during the heydays of the 70s and 80s!
Stay tuned. Another installment of Staff Summer Reading Suggestions will be published next Monday, August 3.