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Summer Reading 2009


Shakespeare : the world as stage / Bill Bryson 

Madame de Staël : the first modern woman / by Francine du Plessix Gray

Abraham Lincoln / James M. McPherson

About Alice / Calvin Trillin

First darling of the morning : selected memories of an Indian childhood / Thrity Umrigar 


The ascent of money : a financial history of the world / Niall Ferguson

The cartoon history of the modern world / Larry Gonick

Flapper : a madcap story of sex, style, celebrity, and the women who made America modern / Joshua Zeitz

Assassination vacation / Sarah Vowell


Swann’s way / Marcel Proust

The ambassadors / Henry James

Heart of darkness / Joseph Conrad

Little women / Louisa May Alcott

Fiction (Long Books):

The little stranger / Sarah Waters

The northern clemency / Philip Hensher

Cutting for stone : a novel / Abraham Verghese

Fiction (Shorter Books):

The secret scripture / Sebastian Barry

The elegance of the hedgehog / Muriel Barbery

Ms. Hempel chronicles / Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

Laura Rider’s masterpiece : a novel / Jane Hamilton


Tooth and nail / Ian Rankin

The likeness / Tana French

Revenge of the Spellmans / Lisa Lutz

The Marigold Mafia / Elisabeth Bastion

And Now, for Something Completely Different:

The complete poems of Sappho / translated by Willis Barnstone

The complete Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi

The left hand of darkness / Ursula K. Le Guin

Yeah Dave’s guide to livin’ the moment : getting to ecstasy through wine, chocolate, and your iPod playlist / David Romanelli


1. Lindy Atoms - June 18, 2009

Well, I have to be the first to say that I thoroughly enjoyed The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I was delighted by the two various points of view in the story and loved the plot twists. I must say (without giving too much away) that I became completely engrossed in the story to the point where I couldn’t put the book down; I had to find out what was going to happen. After I finished, I promptly passed the book on to a friend so she (and her husband) could read it so we could all have a discussion. Well-drawn characters, enchanting story, and not to be missed for a good summer read.

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