More Summer Challenge Recommendations

We’re into month two of JMRL’s Summer Challenge! Finish any five challenges and bring your sheet into any of the branches for a prize! And for personalized book recommendations, fill out this form. Here are some recommendations for sheet 2:

Read about food:

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen – Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night. . . . Until she finds her closet harboring Della Lee Baker, a local waitress who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother.

Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal by Fran Berkoff – Researchers have continued to discover the crucial connections between diet and chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other serious illnesses, as well as the impact of food on stress, insomnia, and other common complaints.

Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi – Like our bodies, our brains have very specific food requirements. And in this eye-opening book from an author who is both a neuroscientist and a certified integrative nutritionist, we learn what should be on our menu. Dr. Lisa Mosconi, whose research spans an extraordinary range of specialties including brain science, the microbiome, and nutritional genomics, notes that the dietary needs of the brain are substantially different from those of the other organs, yet few of us have any idea what they might be.

Read about a migrant:

Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella –  Based on a remarkable true story, an unforgettable Somali girl risks her life on the migrant journey to Europe to run in the Olympic Games At eight years of age, Samia lives to run. Eight-year-old Ali trains her, times her, and pushes her to achieve her goals. Despite the lack of resources, despite the war, and despite all of the restrictions imposed on Somali women, Samia becomes a world-class runner. As a teenager, she is selected to represent her country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She finishes last in her heat at the Games, but the sight of the small, skinny woman in modest clothes brings the Olympic stadium to its feet. Samia sets her sights on the 2012 Games in London. Conditions in Somalia have worsened, and she must make the arduous migrant journey across Africa and the Mediterranean alone. Just like millions of refugees, Samia risks her life for the hope of a better future.

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario – When Enrique was five, his mother, too poor to feed her children, left Honduras to work in the United States. She promised she would return quickly, but she struggled in America. After eleven years, he decided he would go find her. He set off alone, with little more than a slip of paper bearing his mother’s North Carolina telephone number. Without money, he made the dangerous trek up the length of Mexico, clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains. He and other migrants, many of them children, are hunted like animals. To evade bandits and authorities, they must jump onto and off the moving boxcars they call the Train of Death. It is an epic journey, one thousands of children make each year to find their mothers in the United States.

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen – A collection of stories, written over a twenty-year period, examines the Vietnamese experience in America as well as questions of home, family, and identity.

Read a mysterious book:

Force of Nature by Jane Harper – When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey – Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women’s legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity.

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan – Detective Esa Khattak is in the midst of his evening prayers when he receives a phone call asking that he and his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, look into the death of a local man who has fallen off a cliff. At first Christopher Drayton’s death–which looks like an accident–doesn’t seem to warrant a police investigation, especially not from Khattak and Rachel’s team, which handles minority-sensitive cases. But it soon comes to light that Drayton might have been living under an assumed name, and he may not have been the upstanding Canadian citizen he appeared to be. In fact, he may have been a Bosnian war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995.

Summer Challenge Book Recommendations

JMRL’s summer challenge is underway and here are a few adult book recommendations for the first challenge sheet. Finish any five challenges and bring your sheet into any of the branches for a prize! And for personalized book recommendations, fill out this form.

Read a love story:
510yzqD6ukL._SX302_BO1,204,203,200_The Princess Bride by William Goldman
A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts, pain, death, brave men, cowardly men, strong men, chases, escapes, lies,  truths, passions, and of course, Westley and Buttercup. The novel is set in 1941, is rich both in character and satire, and is framed as a retelling of a centuries-old story.

Me-Before-You-Cover_ojyg2vMe Before You by Jojo Moyes
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose. Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

51X-WC6f9UL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Sadness is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher
A young man is preparing to serve in the Israeli army while also trying to reconcile his close relationship to two Palestinian siblings with his deeply ingrained loyalties to family and country. Jonathan wrestles with the question of what it means to be proud of your heritage and loyal to your people, while also feeling love for those outside of your own tribal family.

Read something thrilling:
810thFmb1xLThe Collector by John Fowles
Ferdinand is a lonely and awkward young man who works in city hall and has always loved collecting butterflies. But, he becomes obsessed with a young college art student, Miranda, and he decides to add her to his beautiful collection, against her wishes. This psychological thriller is narrated by both Ferdinand and Miranda. 

41MB3w01u+L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules–a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders–a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman–have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment.

915TfNakL4LThe Persian Gamble by Joel Rosenberg
Former U.S. Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker finds himself facing an impossible task. Not only does he have to elude detection and capture by Russian special forces, but he must also convince his own government to grant safe harbor to the one man responsible for the global mayhem-Russian double agent and assassin Oleg Kraskin.

Try a story with speech bubbles:
9781770460256_p0_v1_s550x406The Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle
Guy Delisle’s newest travelogue revolves around a year he spent in Burma (also known as Myanmar) with his wife, an administrator for Médecins Sans Frontières, and young son. Delisle gives an informative look at a country that uses concealment and isolation as social control in this memoir.

517WkP8WNEL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Cousin Joseph by Jules Feiffer
The story opens in the midst of the Great Depression. Big Sam sees himself as a righteous, truth-seeking patriot, defending the American way, against a rising tide of left-wing unionism, strikes, and disruption that plague his home town. At the same time he makes monthly, secret overnight trips on behalf of Cousin Joseph, a mysterious man on the phone he has never laid eyes on, to pay off Hollywood producers to ensure that they will film only upbeat films that idealize a mythic America.

51Pj+L+ivrL._SX347_BO1,204,203,200_A Distant Neighborhood by Jiro Taniguchi
Who hasn’t dreamt of going back to childhood? But who has actually made the journey? Hiroshi Nakahara is a forty-something salaryman returning to Tokyo from an intense business trip. He is tired and somewhat hungover as he boards his train at Kyoto’s enormous station. He awakens to discover he is traveling back to the town of his upbringing, not Tokyo.

2019 Summer Reading Kickoff events

Summer Kickoff 2It’s that time of year again when each library branch hosts their own special event to celebrate the beginning of summer reading!

From a butterfly release to an ice cream social, there’s no shortage of fun activities to get you and your family pumped for another great summer with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Other activities (depending on the kickoff event you attend) include live music, face painting, balloon animals, snacks, and games.

And, while you’re hanging out, grab a Summer Reading Challenge sheet to begin your quest to win some great prizes!

Check out the dates below for the Summer Reading Kickoff events and don’t miss out on this annual get-together.

  • Central Library: Saturday, June 8: 10am-12pm
  • Crozet Library: Monday, June 10: 5:30-6:30pm
  • Gordon Avenue Library: Wednesday, June 12: 6:30-8pm
  • Greene County Library: Monday, June 3: 6-8pm
  • Louisa County Library: Tuesday, June 4: 2-3pm
  • Nelson Memorial Library: Tuesday, June 4: 5-6:30pm
  • Northside Library: Tuesday, June 11: 3:30-6pm
  • Scottsville Library: Tuesday, June 4: 5-7pm

Summer programming is funded by the JMRL Friends of the Library.

For more information about the events, visit the programs webpage at ww.jmrl.org.