Books and Reading
With summer almost here, it’s time for kids to find a cozy seat, a tall glass of lemonade and a good book, and read till the fireflies come out. This kind of leisurely, just-for-fun reading is at the heart of the summer reading club at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, “Be Creative @ Your Library!”
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006
American literature is rich with poems about the passage of time, and the inevitability of change, and how these affect us. Here is a poem by Kevin Griffith, who lives in Ohio, in which the years accelerate by their passing.
If you liked “Perelandra," you might find something to enjoy in these titles.
“The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell
“Emilio Sandoz, a brilliant Jesuit priest, seems like the perfect leader for the first expedition to an extraterrestrial culture. However, when Sandoz returns to Earth 20 years later as the mission's sole survivor, he is accused of unspeakable violence and depravity. Why? An extraordinary fiction debut, by paleoanthropologist Mary Doria Russell.”--Copyright © Libri GmbH.
African-American fiction can run the gamut from romance to gritty, urban
Some African American mysteries are:
Coq au Vin by Charlotte Carter. Nanette Hayes is a poetry-spouting,
jazz-playing, French speaking Black American Princess who looks like
Grace Jones. Hip, funny and sexy.
If you liked Katherine Neville's The Eight, you may also be interested in her 2008 novel, The Fire, and these titles:
The Overseer by Jonathan Rabb
Agent Sarah Trent and Professor Xander Jaspers search the globe for a missing 16th century manuscript that outlines a plan for world domination.
If you like books like John Grisham's that feature law, politics, international relations, and intrigue, you might like these titles.
Separation of Power by Vince Flynn
CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp takes on both Baghdad and Washington, D.C. to avert World War III.
Here are suggestions for books that pick up on the sword and sorcery, quest, and dragon aspects of "Eragon":
Romance and lust and family dynamics feature prominently in "Rococo" by Adriana Trigiani. Some other titles that you might like:
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The women of the Waverley family -- whether they like it or not -- are heirs to an unusual legacy... (B)ehind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina...an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them. (from Barnes & Noble)
"An Unpardonable Crime" by Andrew Taylor best fits into the category of literary mysteries in a historical setting. This is a genre that I personally enjoy reading, especially if a real person from history is featured in the story. Here are some other good titles in this genre.
If you liked Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks, how about trying:
Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller When Robert Kincaid and Francesca Johnson meet, magic happens. Kincaid, 52, a photographer for National Geographic, a mystical traveler of faraway land, feels out of harmony with his time. Francesca, 45, once a young war bride from Italy, nurses her childhood dreams. --catalog summary