Grown-Up Books for Summer Reading

Ah, summer! School’s over, and all of you who work in schools—teachers, librarians, media specialists, principals, counselors—have months of free time ahead of you!  Except for doing inventory, prepping for next year, and maybe fulfilling some of your licensing requirements. And those of you who are parents have summer activities to do with your kids, and house and yard work that you might have been putting off…

Well, maybe not as much free time as people might think.

If you do have more time for reading, here are some newer grown-up titles on a variety of topics and in several genres. I’ve read most of them, and the rest are on my ever-growing TBR list.

What are you planning to read this summer?

 

NONFICTION – SCIENCE

CLEAN MEAT : HOW GROWING MEAT WITHOUT ANIMALS WILL REVOLUTIO  MAMA'S LAST HUG : ANIMAL EMOTIONS AND WHAT THEY TELL US ABOU  MATTER OF THE HEART : A HISTORY OF THE HEART IN ELEVEN OPERA  NINE PINTS : A JOURNEY THROUGH THE MONEY, MEDICINE, AND MYST  SHE HAS HER MOTHER'S LAUGH : THE POWERS, PERVERSIONS, AND PO  WORLD IN A GRAIN : THE STORY OF SAND AND HOW IT TRANSFORMED

Clean Meat : How Growing Meat without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World by Paul Shapiro. 9781501189081. Gallery Books. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.

Mama’s Last Hug : Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves by Frans de Waal. 9780393635065. WW Norton. 2019. Gr 11-Adult.

The Matter of the Heart : A History of the Heart in Eleven Operations by Thomas Morris. 9781250117168. Thomas Dunne Books. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.

Nine Pints : A Journey Though the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George. 9781627796378. Metropolitan Books. 2019. Gr 11-Adult.

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh : The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer. 9781101984598. Penguin. 2019. Gr 11-Adult.

The World in a Grain : The Story Of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beisber. 9780399576423. Riverhead Books. 2019. Gr 10-Adult.

 

NONFICTION – OTHER

DON'T MAKE ME PULL OVER! : AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF THE FAMILY  GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS : A STORY OF WAR AND WHAT COMES AF  MADAME FOURCADE'S SECRET WAR : THE DARING YOUNG WOMAN WHO LE  TO OBAMA : WITH LOVE, JOY, ANGER, AND HOPE  WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE : THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE AMERICAN  WHEN THE CROWD DIDN'T ROAR : HOW BASEBALL'S STRANGEST GAME E

Don’t Make Me Pull Over! : The Informal History of the Family Road Trip by Richard Ratay. 9781501188749. Scribner. 2019. Gr 10-Adult.

The Girl Who Smiled Beads : A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya & Elizabeth Weil. 9780451495327. Crown. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War : The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler by Lynne Olson. 9780812994766. Random House. 2019. Gr 11-Adult.

To Obama : With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope by Jeannie Marie Laskas. 9780525509387. Random House. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.

A Woman of No Importance : The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell. 9780735225299. Penguin. 2019. Gr 11-Adult.

When the Crowd Didn’t Roar : How Baseball’s Strangest Game Ever Gave a Broken City Hope by Kevin Cowherd. 9781496213297. University of Nebraska Press. 2019. Gr 11-Adult.

 

HISTORICAL FICTION

AT THE WOLF'S TABLE  BEND IN THE STARS  GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW  LONG FLIGHT HOME  LOST GIRLS OF PARIS  WE MUST BE BRAVE

At the Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino. 9781250179142. Flatiron Books. 2019. Gr 11-Adult.

A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum. 9781538746264. Grand Central Publishing. 2019. Gr 11-Adult.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. 9780670026197. Penguin. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.

The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad. 9781496721679. John Scognamiglio Book. 2019. Gr 11-Adult.

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff. 9780778308614. Park Row. 2019. Gr 11-Adult.

We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet. 9780735218864. Putnam. 2019. Gr 11-Adult.

 

MYSTERY & SUSPENSE

DEPARTMENT OF SENSITIVE CRIMES : A DETECTIVE VARG NOVEL    IF SHE WAKES  LOST MAN  TWO GIRLS DOWN  WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING  WORD IS MURDER

The Department of Sensitive Crimes (Detective Warg Novel, Book 1) by Alexander McCall Smith. 9781524748210. Pantheon. 2019. Gr 11-Adult.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. 9780062868909. William Morrow. 2019. Adult.

If She Wakes by Michael Koryta. 9780316294003. Little, Brown. 2019. 11-Adult.

The Lost Man by Jane Harper. 9781250105684. Flatiron Books. 2019. Adult.

Two Girls Down (Alice Vega Novel, Book 1) by Louisa Luna. 9780385542494. Doubleday. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. 9780735219090. Putnam. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.

The Word Is Murder (Hawthorne, Book 1) by Anthony Horowitz. 9780062676788. Harpercollins. 2109. Gr 11-Adult.

 

REALISTIC FICTION

BRIDGE OF CLAY  ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN  JOB YOU MOSTLY WON'T KNOW HOW TO DO  KEEPER OF LOST THINGS  SHAKESPEARE REQUIREMENT

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak. 9781984830159. Knopf. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. 9781501154850. Scribner. 2019. Gr 11-Adult.

A Job You Mostly Won’t Know How to Do by Pete Fromm. 9781640091771. Counterpoint Press. 2019. Adult.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. 9780062473530. William Morrow. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher. 9780385542340. Doubleday. 2018. Adult.

 

SPECULATIVE FICTION

7 1/2 DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE  BIRD KING  HOW LONG 'TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH? : STORIES  ORACLE YEAR  PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. 9781492657965. Sourcebooks. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson. 9780802129031. Grove Press. 2019. Gr 10-Adult.

How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.I. Jemisin. 9780316491341. Orbit. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule. 9780062686633. Harpercollins. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. 9781635570298. Bloomsbury. 2019. Adult.