What a Wonderful World: August

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

If You Love Literary Fiction:

Kirstin Valdez Quade’s The Five Wounds (2021)*

This debut started as a short story before being expanded into a novel. It focuses on multiple generations of the Mexican-American Padilla family in small-town New Mexico. Amadeo is . . . not in the greatest of places. He’s unemployed and drowning under his family’s expectations of him. He thinks being cast as Jesus in the local Good Friday procession is his route to personal improvement, but his family is more preoccupied with their own problems. Complications ensue.

*Ebook also available on Libby.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Rudolfo A. Anaya.

Yann Martel’s Beatrice and Virgil (2010)**

For most people, Yann Martel is the guy who wrote Life of Pi. And, you know, I really enjoyed that book. But his strange followup, Beatrice and Virgil, is his work that I end up thinking about more. I remember talking to a lot of Life of Pi fans who HATED this book when it was first released because it was so weird. Like, it’s an absurdist postmodern allegory about the Holocaust starring taxidermied animals with an extremely disturbing twist ending levels of weird. But I ended up finding it thought-provoking and engaging. Don’t say you weren’t warned. 🙂

**Audiobook also available on Libby.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Michael Ondaatje.

If You Prefer Women’s Fiction:

Anne Rivers Siddons’s The Girls of August (2014)***

This cover may or may not be sufficiently orange enough–the spine looks very orange, in my defense–but I decided to include it anyway because there is some orange on the cover, and it has August in the title. It was meant to be.

For years, an August beach retreat is a must for a small group of friends. Though scattered across the country, they maintain the tradition that started when they were all wives of medical students. That is, until one of the girls of August dies. The tradition comes to a halt until one of them gets remarried and invites her longtime friends to resurrect their beach retreats, this time in South Carolina. But once they are on the remote island for vacation, things start to unravel as secrets come out.

***Audiobook also available on Libby.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Lois Battle, Dorothea Benton Frank, and Pat Conroy.

Loretta Nyhan’s Digging In (2018)

Paige has hit rock bottom and she knows it. After the sudden death of her husband, her son is the only thing that has kept her tethered to reality. But her life and mental health are a disaster, as is her lawn. She starts working on the more immediate lawn problem first, and even though the flourishing vegetable garden that results violates her gated community’s strict bylaws, she finally starts to flourish too.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Abbi Waxman and Katherine Center.

If You Enjoy Memoirs:

Jenny Lawson’s Broken (In The Best Way Possible) (2021)****

Texan Jenny Lawson first got famous as an internet blogger and advice columnist, and even after those original gigs folded, she parlayed her success into humorous personal essay collections/memoirs. In this latest one, she focuses her irreverent attention to everything from vacuums to editors to her own struggles with depression and anxiety.

****Ebook and audiobook also available on Libby.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Allie Brosh, David Sedaris, and Augusten Burroughs.

What books with orange covers are you reading? What are you reading in August? 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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