Staff Picks: Summer's Hot Reads

Getting ready for those summer vacations, but don't know which books to bring along? Never fear! Your Highland Park Public Library librarians are here with summer reading recommendations! 

We have browsed through, read, and reviewed a medley of books for you to choose from - all newly published or coming out just in time for the summer months! 

Elin Hilderbrand's Summer of '69

Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand
The queen of the summer novel comes through again! The eventful summer of 50 years ago is experienced through the changing lives of the Levin family of Nantucket.
Fiction: 18 June 2019
Recommended by Laurie

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Mathangi Subramanian's A People's History of Heaven

A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian
In a Bangalore slum called Heaven, a group of teens are engaged in universal growing up issues while their mothers fight to keep their homes from being bulldozed.
Fiction: 19 March 2019
Recommended by Laurie

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Ron Rapoport's Let's Play Two

Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks by Ron Rapoport
If you have fond memories of Mr. Cub, or are a baseball fan, this is a must read. Rapoport, a former sports columnist for the Sun-Times, combines years of conversations with Banks, interviews with family, friends and teammates, and written sources, for a riveting account of the man behind legend.
Nonfiction: 25 March 2019
Recommended by Laurie

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Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith

Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith
The latest poetry collection by the current Poet Laureate of the United States reflects the current times in our country.
Poetry: 3 April 2018
Recommended by Catherine

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Myla Goldberg's Feast Your Eyes

Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg
The controversial life and work of fictional street photographer Lillian Preston, related by her daughter, friends, and former lovers. By the author of Bee Season.
Fiction: 16 April 2019
Recommended by Catherine

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Jacob Tobia's Sissy

Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia
With plenty of humor, Tobia relates their journey from closeted kid to out-and-proud self-proclaimed sissy in this new memoir.
Nonfiction: 5 March 2019
Recommended by Catherine

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Patricia Marx's Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?

Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother's Suggestions by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast
A fun book you can read in 10 minutes! Chast illustrates "helpful" comments from Marx's mother.
Humor: 2 April 2019
Recommended by Catherine

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Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
America’s First Son must pretend to be best friends with the Prince of Wales. Fake friendship turns into real romance, however, and both must decide what they are willing to risk – especially when the press is always watching.
Fiction: 14 May 2019
Recommended by Sarah Marie

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What My Mother and I Don't Talk About (edited by Michele Filgrate)

What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About by Michele Filgate
This is a book of essays from fifteen different writers about what they don’t talk to their mothers about – and, despite the subject matter, is under three-hundred pages. Fascinating thought-pieces full of conversation starters for the brave.
Nonfiction: 30 April 2019
Recommended by Sarah Marie

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Sonali Dev's Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
An amazing, colorful, and fun retelling of Jane Austen’s work set in contemporary San Fransisco featuring the Indian-American Rajes family, their neurosurgeon daughter, and rough around the edges chef, DJ Caine.
Fiction: 7 May 2019
Recommended by Sarah Marie

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Pam Houston's Deep Creek

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston
This Romance writer penned her first novel at the age of thirty in 1992 and bought a 120-acre homestead in the Colorado Rockies with one of her first paychecks. Deep Creek delves into Houston’s formative years, how writing has affected her life, and how the natural world can help heal us.
Nonfiction: 29 January 2019
Recommended by Sarah Marie

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