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Summer Reading Recommendations from the Librarians at the Norman Williams Public Library

Jul 08, 2016 08:29PM ● Published by Finn McFarland

The Norman Williams Public Library (NWPL) in Woodstock offers a wonderful selection of books for readers of all ages. Summer’s short, so check out the selection here, and pick up one of these great reads soon.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall. Perfect for readers ages 8 to 12, this story follows the summer adventures of a family vacation at the beautiful Arundel estate in Massachusetts. Four unique sisters and young Jeffery Tifton become fast friends, but they must be careful to dodge the wary eye of Jeffery’s mother, Mrs. Tifton, the owner of the estate.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. According to librarian Sherry Wian, this story of an odd but loveable genetics professor who designs a scientific study to find a wife is “delightful, charming, and fun!” After Professor Don Tillman creates a survey to eliminate unlikely candidates, Rosie Jarman enters his life and makes a shambles of all his carefully considered criteria. After meeting this quirky match, adult readers won’t be able to put the book down.

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll. NWPL Information Services Director Dave Sullivan uses one word to describe this book—heavy. “I’m three-quarters of the way through it and really enjoying it,” he explains, despite his perhaps intimidating description. Author Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. In this work, he aims to shed light on who we are and where we are, pulling evidence from different fields and showing connections between them.

Still Life (A Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1) by Louise Penny. The first in a New York Times bestselling mystery series, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache uncovers secrets and solves the mysteries of the rural village of Three Pines, south of Montreal, Quebec. NWPL Executive Director Amy Sadkin has just finished book #6 and is enthralled by the new mysteries in each story.
 
Looking for more recommendations? Check out the basket located on the “New General Fiction” shelf with staff and patron recommendations and leave your own for other readers. Visit the children’s room downstairs and pick up a “Summer Reading for Kids 2016” brochure with recommendations for all grade levels.

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