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BC’s Summer Reading Suggestions

Finding the right book to read on the beach or in your hammock during the summer months can be a daunting task.

Thanks to the librarians at Boston College, things just got easier! Below is some recommended reading compiled by BC’s own Cindy Jones and Thomas Wall. Each of the titles can be found in the Popular Collection of O’Neill Library. Learn more about alumni borrowing privileges.

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The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard St.
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard St. / Susan Jane Gilman: A Russian immigrant to the United States begins her fateful rise to American ice cream maker extraordinaire the moment she cleverly coerces her parents into buying tickets to the land of opportunity.
A House in the Sky A House in the Sky / Amanda Lindhout:  Curiosity may lead to danger, but it also leads to revelation. Join Amanda Lindhout as she details her journey to some of the world’s most dangerous countries, an expedition that took her to Somalia, where she and a photojournalist were captured by masked men.
Make Good Art Make Good Art / Neil Gaiman : Gaiman’s 2012 commencement address at the University of the Arts immediately went viral and has already been viewed by more than 500,000 people. Gaiman’s discussion of the creative process applies to tweets as well as fiction, and it’s meant not just for aspiring artists but for anyone trying something new.
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour To Rise Again at a Decent Hour / Joshua Ferris: Walking contradiction Paul O’Rourke seeks answers and finds unsettling truths when an online impersonator makes him wonder if the virtual “Paul” is far better than the real one.
The Invention of Wings The Invention of Wings / Sue Monk Kidd: Eleven-year-old Sarah Grimké can’t believe she got a handmaid for her birthday, and she’s even more appalled when her slave-owning parents refuse to take their gift back.
Ice Cream Stronger / Jeff Bauman: Take heart in Bauman’s determination to walk again as he recounts the Boston Marathon bombings, reveals how he helped launch the manhunt for the bombers, and dedicates his life to walking again.
Bark: Stories Bark: Stories / Lorrie Moore:  As passing time changes lives, eight stories tell of a divorced man coping with the United States’ choice to head into Iraq; a political argument linked to 9/11 that goes too far; a teacher’s ghostly visit, which leads to an awkward reunion; and more.
The Museum of Extraordinary Things The Museum of Extraordinary Things / Alice Hoffman:  When a boardwalk freak show promoter’s daughter, who poses as the Mermaid, meets a young photographer, whose recent pictures of the horrid Triangle Shirtwaist Factory aftermath ensnare him in the case of a missing young woman, the two face uncertain love during volatile times.
The Opposite of Loneliness The Opposite of Loneliness / Mariana Keegan:  An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.
Lonesome Dove Lonesome Dove / Larry McMurtry:  Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and remember.


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