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New Providence (npml) | 302 comments Mod
Here's a summation of all the recommendations put forward by participants in the 2013 GroundBreaking Reads Adult Summer Reading Program. There are some great titles here and they're all NPML reader-approved..

Summer 2013 Book Recommendations


Week #1 Drawn into the Story

Fiction
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
Inferno by Dan Brown
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Non-Fiction
Dirt Work: an Education in the Woods by Christine Byl



Week #2 Book Covers

Fiction
11/22/63 by Stephen King
The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Son (The Giver #4) by Lois Lowry
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazer
Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French

Non-Fiction
Dancing on My Grave by Gelsey Kirkland
Gulp by Mary Roach
On Writing by Stephen King
Stiff by Mary Roach



Week #3 Personal Effect from Book

Fiction
Broken by Karin Fossum
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Queen Lucia by E. F. Benton
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Non-Fiction
A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi by Aman Sethi
The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson



Week #4 Plot or Character-Driven

Fiction
The Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
Partitions by Amit Majmudar
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
Virals by Kathy Reichs



Week #5: Keepers

Fiction
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice
Elm Creek Quilts series, Jennifer Chiaverini
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Lord of the Rings cycle by J.R. Tolkien
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, Jennifer Chiaverini
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Pillars of the Earth and Kingsbridge Series by Ken Follett
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Shogun series by James Clavell
A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin

Non-Fiction
The Glass House by Jeannette Walls
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum




Week #6: Exceeding Expectations

Fiction
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
City of Thieves by David Benioff
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
The Keeper of Secrets by Julie Thomas
Saving the Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva
Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Non-Fiction
anything by David McCullough
Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Changed America by Les Standiford
Pound Foolish by Helaine Olen
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand




Week #7: Lost in Translation—Books that should NOT be made into movies

Fiction
anything by Anne Tyler
Animal's People by Indra Sinha
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan
Ulysses by James Joyce


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Marilyn | 143 comments Thank you! I've saved the list....


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Marilyn | 143 comments I cannot find the thread but someone mentioned a movie, a favorite for 2012, I jotted down the title and watched it this week with husband. Normally, I don't like subtitles at all but when I asked DH if he wanted to continue to watch it or go to something else, that I could watch it myself at a later date, he replied that he wanted to see it. We had gotten 'hooked'. We both liked it very much and would recommend:
"The Intouchables". One of the best films I've seen in a while IMHO.
So, thank you to whoever it was who mentioned it on this site.
Marilyn E.


message 4: by K (new)

K | 33 comments Cool. Thanks so much for taking the time to put together this list. Much appreciated.


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New Providence (npml) | 302 comments Mod
Marilyn wrote: "I cannot find the thread but someone mentioned a movie, a favorite for 2012, I jotted down the title and watched it this week with husband. Normally, I don't like subtitles at all but when I asked..."

Thanks for reminding me about it! Several people have raved about the movie and I actually found it on the shelf!


message 6: by Marie (new)

Marie | 92 comments I also thought the "intouchables" was a very good film. Based on a true at the end you see a picture of the real people in this film.


message 7: by K (new)

K | 33 comments Just wanted to thank everyone who recommended "The Night Circus". I don't know how I would've found it, otherwise. I really enjoyed it (shades of Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes").


message 8: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn | 143 comments I even read it twice!

Now...I have to look into reading "Something Wicked This Way Comes" !


message 9: by New Providence (new)

New Providence (npml) | 302 comments Mod
Marilyn wrote: "I even read it twice!

Now...I have to look into reading "Something Wicked This Way Comes" !"


I read that book as a teenager and loved it. Started me reading all of his books. Makes you think twice about the current fashion of tattoos, tho....;-)


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