Adult summer reading update

Arlington is full of readers! Participation in this summer’s adult summer reading program was overwhelming and we are still counting sign-up forms. We will be contacting winners next week (the week of September 12), so stay tuned.

Want to tell us about a great book you read this summer? Leave a comment below! Here are a few I enjoyed:

  • My Real Children by Jo Walton begins with an elderly woman who remembers two distinct lifetimes; she knows she can’t have had both, but which was her real life? A pair of alternate histories run parallel, like the movie Sliding Doors; at the end, the reader knows the character so well it’s possible to guess which life was the real one.
  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith is a must-read for fans of B.A. Shapiro’s The Art Forger and Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist. This novel shifts between three settings: Holland in the 1630s, New York in the 1950s, and Sydney, Australia in the early 2000s, tracing the path of a painting from creation to museum.
  • Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett is a stunning portrait of a family of five, two of whom struggle mightily with depression. Both parents and each of the three grown children take turns telling the family’s story.
  • The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson is a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, complete with beautiful writing – my copy was sprinkled with bookmarks – and well-rounded characters with comprehensible motivations.
  • Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West is a series of articulate, forceful, and fiercely funny essays about fatness and feminism, the perfect collection for those who liked How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran, Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit, and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson.

We hope you had a wonderful summer of reading, and that the good books keep coming throughout the year! Reading once, reading twice, reading chicken soup with rice

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