LCNV Summer 2014 Book Recommendations, Part 1

August 12, 2014 at 11:49 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Is summer coming to an end all too soon? Before it’s gone, here are some
Summer 2014 Book Recommendations and there are suggestions for all ages! Visit your local library or our Books-a -Million (Store #597) Bookfair fundraiser this Saturday, August 16 from 1-4 p.m. (event info. and address below) once you’ve found a book that speaks to you. Happy reading!

Nights at the Circus by Erin Morgernstern (Adult fiction), Set against a Victorian London backdrop, a long-standing duel between two master magicians pits their young apprentices against one another in an elusively tantalizing Circus of Dreams that is only open from sunset to sunrise.  Catch is:  the apprentices don’t know who their adversary is and their mentors won’t tell them.

The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum by Kate Bernheimer (Author), Nicoletta Ceccoli (Illustrator).  (Young reader, ages  6 and up) From the book review, “Here is an original fairy tale that feels like a dream—haunting, beautiful, and completely unforgettable.”  Beautifully illustrated (think Magritte).

Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst (Adult fiction),
As the shadow of World War II darkens Europe, democratic forces on the Continent struggle against fascism and communism, while in Spain the war has already begun.  A group of unlikely men and women (idealists, gangsters, arms traders, aristocrats and spies) band together to battle Hitler and Franco’s secret agents. Furst offers his readers a spellbinding portrait of a continent on the eve of war, and analyzes how humans from different walks of life respond to growing crisis.

China Dolls by Lisa See (Adult fiction),
In pre-World War II San Francisco we meet three young Chinese-American nightclub performers who, despite pronounced difference in backgrounds and personalities, forge resilient friendships. From the book review, “Told from the distinct perspectives of each woman and spanning a full half century, China Dolls presents a historical epoch with a multilayered richness. A perfect vacation carry-along.”

The Invention of Wingsby Sue Monk Kidd (Adult fiction/historical fiction),
Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Readers learn about the girls’ complex relationsip as they embark on a quest for freedom. Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, and the desire to have a voice in the world.

Also consider reading these books from LCNV’s literary friends (we like to support our friends!):

A Taste of Spain in America by José Andrés Tapas (Adult non-fiction)
This book is the first major Spanish cookbook in two decades, from José Andrés, named America’s Chef of the Year by Bon Appétit, and acclaimed restauranteur, co-owner/creator of local restaurants, America Eats (McLean, VA), Zaytina, Jaleo and Oyamel among others.

Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen by José Andrés Tapas (Adult non-fiction)
In this irresistible companion volume to his public television show Made in Spain, José reminds us—in the most alluring and delicious way—that the food of his native Spain is as varied and inventive as any of the world’s great cuisines. To prove it, José takes us on a flavorful tour of his beloved homeland, from Andalucía to Aragón. Along the way, he shares recipes that reflect not just local traditions but also the heart and soul of Spain’s distinctive cooking.

The Target (third book in the Wil Robie series) by David Baldacci (Adult fiction)
The President knows it’s a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel’s talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don’t trust the pair. They doubt their willingness to follow orders. And they will do anything to see that the two assassins succeed, but that they do not survive.

King and Maxwell (fifth book in the King and Maxwell series) by David Baldacci (Adult fiction)
Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father… after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler’s father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they’ve stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All by Robert Egger.  (Adult non-fiction)
Egger’s book on the non-profit sector, was released in 2004 by HarperCollins. It received the 2005 McAdam Book Award for “Best Nonprofit Management Book” by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

The Truth about Financial Retirement Plans and IRAs by Ric Edelman (Adult non-fiction)
The #1 national bestseller1 from the #1 independent financial advisor in America, ranked three times by Barron’s is a guide to making the most of your retirement plans and assuring long-term financial security.

Consider purchasing these books during the Literacy Council’s 2014 Books-a-Million (Store # 597) fundraising event on August 16 from 1:00-4:00p.m. The store is located at 1451 Chain Bridge Rd McLean, VA 22101. Hope you can make it! See more: bit.ly/1rFEYq5

 

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