Summer Reading and Beach Books
Here is a preview. We’re hoping to share books that we think make for a good summer read over the summer. Here’s one: The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams by Frederic Clement. This marvellously whimsical illustrated book for a variety of age groups describes and shows amazing gifts for someone who is looking for the perfect gift. (Personal favourites: ‘a fresh shadow, well ironed at the neck and the cuffs’ and ‘a lock of mermaid’s hair.’)
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Rumors of the “Marsh Girl” abound. So when a popular high school student is found dead, locals immediately suspect her. This ode to the natural world is juxtaposed against a profound coming of age story and a haunting mystery. Book Club members rating: 8.8/10
The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell
A funny, heartwarming tale of love and friendship of residents at the seniors retirement lodge. Who says you can’t have fun and romance just because you’re past eighty?
Starlight, by Richard Wagamese
This story centers on an abused woman on the run who finds refuge on a farm owned by an Indigenous man with wounds of his own. A moving novel about the redemptive power of love, mercy, and compassion and the land’s ability to heal us. Book Club members rating: 9.25/10
Displaced, by Malala Yousafzai
Malala, a Taliban survivor and public activist for girls’ education in Pakistan, visits refugee camps and shares the stores of those who have been displaced.
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
A young orphaned boy, taken in by the family of a wealthy friend and tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. Book Club mem- bers rating: 8.8/10
The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott
A historical novel about Tess, who was a seamstress aboard the Titanic. Tess survives, but is beset by rumours and guilt.