July Adult Picks

We are halfway through Summer Reading but great books still lie ahead! Check out some of our recent favorites:

Inside the O'Briens Inside the O’Briens
by Lisa Genova
F GEN

From the New York Times bestselling author of “Still Alice” Lisa Genova comes a powerful and transcendent new novel about a family struggling with the impact of Huntington’s disease. This book is similar to “Still Alice”, but I liked that the author went into more depth regarding the family members reactions to the disease and how it effects their lives.
-Lynae

Deadly Sin 14th Deadly Sin
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
F PAT

Detective Lindsay Boxer and her three best friends are back and recovering from the events that pushed them all to the edge.
But a new terror is sweeping the streets of San Francisco. A gang dressed as cops are ransacking the city, and leaving a string of dead bodies in their wake. Lindsay is on the case to track them down and needs to discover whether these killers could actually be police officers. Maybe even cops she already knows…
-Crystal

True Grit True Grit
by Charles Portis
F POR

Better than either film adaptation, Portis’ “True Grit” is a masterpiece of American literature worth reading, among other reasons, for the dialogue between obstinately persistent Mattie Ross and tough guy Rooster Cogburn.
-Mike

Invasion Invasion
by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant
F PLA

First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn’t even bother to deny the alien ships’ existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with internet) has already shown the populace what is coming. So the news has turned from evasion to triage, urging calm and offering the few facts they have: The objects are enormous, perfectly round spheres numbering in the dozens, maybe hundreds. They are on an approach vector for Earth. And they will arrive in six days.
-Serena

Every Fifteen Minutes Every Fifteen Minutes
by Lisa Scottoline
F SCO

I was attracted to this novel because of my background studying psychology. That being said, I had to make a conscious choice not to quibble over the difference between sociopath and psychopath, because I feel pretty strongly that the character in question seriously blurred those lines and was really a psychopath… but since my DSM is a little dusty, I let that go and truly enjoyed this book with all its plot twists and turns. Fast-paced and filled with suspense, the pages all but turned themselves. I did not want to put this one down!
-Sara

When to Rob a Bank When To Rob a Bank : …and 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-intended Rants
by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
330 LEV

If you’re not a regular reader of the “Freakonomics” blog, this is a great curated collection of their best blog posts. While not as in-depth as previous “Freakonomics” books, Levitt and Dubner’s latest is still filled with plenty of entertaining ideas filtered through their unique perspective.
-Mike

June Adult Picks

Help us reach our 2,000,000 page summer reading goal! Here’s some of our Adult Fiction favorites to keep you reading:

Memory Man Memory Man
by David Baldacci
F BAL

With “Memory Man,” Baldacci introduces a new character, Amos Decker, who is not your typical crime investigator. It is the start of a new series so hopefully more are coming soon.
-Kathy

The Patriot Threat The Patriot Threat
by Steve Berry
F BER

Fans of Cotton Malone, the main character in Berry’s thrillers, will not be disappointed with this latest offering. Once again Cotton is hired by the Magellan Billet to intercept a 20 million dollar payment to North Korea. Instead he must find and destroy stolen top-secret documents that could end the financial structure of the United States Government. History fans will enjoy reading some little-known facts about the relationship between Franklin Roosevelt and Andrew Mellon in a plot that bounces between Washington, Italy, and Croatia. Enjoyable summer reading for fans of historical thrillers.
-Robin

Gray mountain Gray Mountain
by John Grisham
F GRI

Grisham once again combines his usual fondness for turning just regular lawyers into giant-killers with a strong element of social commentary. This time an “out-of-her-element” Wall Street attorney battles the corrupt barons of the Appalachian coal mines. It also gives the impression of being the first in a series!
-Neal

The Husband’s Secret The Husband’s Secret
by Liane Moriarty
F MOR

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive.
-Crystal

Zoo ZOO
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
F PAT

All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the impending violence becomes terrifyingly clear. Read it before the CBS show debuts later this month!

-Crystal

The Kind Worth Killing The Kind Worth Killing
by Peter Swanson
F SWA

A modern take on the Strangers on a Train premise, The Kind Worth Killing begins with a casual airplane conversation that leads to a murder plot. This is the perfect next read for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train and you may, as I did, like it even better. Be sure to block out a large chunk of your schedule because you won’t be able to put this one down!
-Mike

The Secret Life of Violet Grant The Secret Life of Violet Grant
by Beatriz Williams
F WIL

Manhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding Kennedy-era socialite: break into the Mad Men world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine. But when she receives a bulky overseas parcel in the mail, the unexpected contents draw her inexorably back into her family’s past.
-Crystal

April Adult Picks

Here’s what we’ve been reading lately. What about you?

Inside the O'Briens Inside the O’Briens
by Lisa Genova
F GEN
Joe O’Brien, a veteran police officer, is just not acting the same. His wife Rose finally convinces him to go to the doctor where he is diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease. They have four children and each child has a 50/50 chance of coming down with HD. The children rally around Joe, supporting him as his symptoms worsen, each trying to decide if they want to be tested for the gene. A heartbreaking, heartwarming story of love and commitment and family. -Debbie

Girl On the Train Girl On the Train
by Paula Hawkins
F HAW
Brings back memories (in some ways) of Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but with a more in depth psycho-emotional plot. The plot, by the way, is quite good. I do not believe you will figure it out until the end. Good read, but pay attention to details. -John

Station Eleven Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
F MAN
“Station Eleven” tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Reading this inspired me to read The Passage by Justin Cronin, which I’m currently enjoying. -Serena

NYPD Red 3 NYPD Red 3
by James Patterson
F PAT
NYPD Red is the elite, highly trained task force assigned to protect the rich, the famous, and the connected. And Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald-the woman who broke his heart at the police academy-are the best of the best, brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to deliver justice. -Crystal

Never Knowing Never Knowing
by Chevy Stevens
F STE
“Never Knowing” is a fast-paced, riveting, and adrenaline-filled psychological thriller. You will not want to put this book down! -Sara

Outcast Outcast Vol. 1 – A Darkness Surrounds Him
by Robert Kirkman
741.59 KIR
Well-crafted tale of a man seeking to understand why he is haunted by demonic possessions. For fans of Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” or horror comics in general. -Mike

Lessons of History Lessons of History
by Will and Ariel Durant
901 DUR
Haven’t gotten around to reading Will and Ariel Durant’s 10-volume Pulitzer-winning “The Story of Civilization” yet? Try their concise and insightful “best parts” version instead. -Mike