What a Wonderful World: July

This year, our theme at the library is What A Wonderful World. We’re focusing on a different color for each month, and July’s is cardinal red. To that end, we’re highlighting books at the library with that color (or something close to it) on the cover!

If you like nonfiction:

Lisa See’s On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995)*

Lisa See is best known for her award-winning novels about Chinese and Chinese American history. This book instead focuses on her own family’s history, starting with her entrepreneurial great-grandfather Fong See, who immigrated to the United States from China in the 1870s and rose to prominence in L.A.’s Chinatown. See researched her family history for several years before writing the book, and the result is a meticulous chronicling of one family’s immigration and assimilation experience within a wider historical context.

Recommended for those who enjoy family histories and multi-generational family sagas.

*Ebook also available on Libby.

If you enjoy YA historical fiction:

John Boyne’s The Boy at the Top of the Mountain (2017)

Irish author John Boyne has written his fair share of heartrending historical fiction. This particular book focuses on the experiences of Pierrot, a young orphan in 1930s Paris. Though his mother was French, Pierrot’s father was a former German soldier, broken by his experiences during WWI. Pierrot’s aunt eventually takes him in–she works as a servant at prominent home.

Unfortunately for Pierrot, she works at the Berghof, Hitler’s luxurious retreat in the Bavarian Alps–which you may or may not remember Easy Company visiting in Band of Brothers–and he quickly finds himself shedding his background, his personality, and even his name as he strives to please the Nazis surrounding him.

Recommended for those who enjoyed Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.

If you love Nordic Noir:

Liza Marklund’s Red Wolf (2011)

Annika Bengtzon, a Swedish reporter, was going to interview another journalist about a crime from long ago when her interview subject turns up murdered. She strongly suspects that his death is tied to the case she wanted to ask him about, so she begins to probe both cases on her own. In the middle of all this, she begins to suspect that her husband is also lying to her. . . .

This book is the fifth in the Annika Bengtzon series but the first released in the United States. (I don’t know why American publishers do that with Nordic Noir, but they frequently release translations out of order.) You can, however, read this book without having read the others in the series.

Recommended for those who enjoy Scandinavian noir writers like Camilla Lackberg, Jussi Adler-Olsen, and Stieg Larsson.

If you prefer romantic suspense:

Lisa Jackson’s Twice Kissed (1998)

Mary Therese and Maggie are twins who, as children, could communicate telepathically. Their lives are worlds apart now, though, as Mary has become a glamorous TV show host in Denver under the stage name Marquise and former PI Maggie has withdrawn to rural Idaho to be a writer.

But then Maggie receives a creepy telepathic message from Marquise that indicates her twin is in danger at the hands of her ex-husband Thane, and then Thane himself (whom Maggie has her own history with) shows up at her door, claiming that her sister is missing and he is suspected of murder. He wants Maggie’s help. Complications ensue.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Lisa Gardner and Danielle Steel.

What books with red covers are you reading? What are you reading in July? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information on any of these items or to place them on hold.

Author: berryvillelibrary

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