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The Books of Summer

With the days already growing shorter, you may be wondering what happened to your summer and all the fun things you wanted to get accomplished. If you didn't get a few good books in this summer there is still hope!  The great thing about your library is that even if you don't get a book read when it first comes out-it will be here waiting when you're ready.

Here are some of the most popular books of the summer here at the Springfield-Greene County Library. Click on the book cover to be taken to the library catalog or call your friendly branch librarian to put any or all on hold:

"2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America," by Albert Brooks. June 12, 2030 started out like any other day... until a massive earthquake devastated Los Angeles, and the government, always teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, was unable to respond. The fallout  pits national hope for the future against assurances from the past, in this all-too-believable imagining of where today's challenges could lead us tomorrow.


 "Before I go to Sleep," by S.J. Watson. In this gripping psychological thriller in the vein of "Shutter Island" and the film "Memento," an amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.


"Dreams of Joy," by Lisa See. Devastated after discovering the shocking truth about her mother and father, Joy  flees to China to find a new life (and her real father)--and Pearl, realizing what has happened, sets out for Mao's China, resolved to find her daughter.



"The Jefferson Key," by Steve Berry. Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans?


"The Last Werewolf," by Glen Duncan. Billed as the adult answer to "Twilight," here is a powerful, definitive new version of the werewolf legend--mesmerising and incredibly sexy. In Jake, Glen Duncan has given us a werewolf for the twenty-first century--a man whose deeds can only be described as monstrous but who is in some magical way deeply human.


"Maine," by J. Courtney Sullivan. By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, every summer, to Maine and to each other.


"Queen of kings," by Maria Dahvana Headley. Desperate to save her kingdom and resurrect her husband, Queen Cleopatra bargains with the warrior goddess Sekhmet for Antony's soul and is transformed into a shape-shifting vampire bent on vengeance against those who have wronged her family.


"Sister," by Rosamund Lupton. Refusing to believe that her pregnant, mercurial, artist sister committed suicide, Beatrice begins an obsessive search for the truth and is dismissed by her family and authorities until she closes in on a murderous predator..



"Summer Rental," by Mary Kay Andrews. Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction....Five people questioning everything they ever thought they knew about life.  Five people who each need a sea change, and one month in a summer rental that might just give it to them.


"Ten Beach Road," by Wendy Wax. Madeline, Avery and Nikki don't know each other but they have a few things in common. They are broke and each part owner of a dilapedated beach house, Bella Flora. With enough plot twists to keep your interest and engaging characters, this novel of friendship is a great beach read.


"The Year we Left Home," by Jean Thompson. Chronicles the happiness pursuits of the Eriksons from their 1970s coming-of-age to the near-present day, in a story told from revolving viewpoints.


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