Adult Summer Reading: Week 7

by West Bend Library on 2022-07-18 08:00:00

Welcome back to Week 7 of our adult summer reading digital displays! If you’re new to Read Beyond the Beaten Path, check out our Week 1 post here. You can also download a reading log, get more information about the program and prizes, or sign up to complete the program on Beanstack. Reminder that these posts only pertain to the adult reading program — come visit us to learn more about the youth reading program!

Completed paper reading logs (at least five books read from five categories) can now be returned to the Reference Desk until Tuesday, August 2. If you're completing the program on Beanstack, earning the "Summer Reading Champ" badge by logging five books means you've completed the program!

This week’s displays are all about books you might have heard of, even if you haven't read them: New York Times best sellers and National Book Award winners or finalists. Our lists below lean toward recent winners written for adults, but also include notable books that have appeared on either — or both — list(s). Both the New York Times list and the National Book Award also include young adult books and books written for children — you definitely don't have to read a book "written for adults" to fulfill these categories.

Next to each book is its catalog entry (so you can put it on hold), a link to a summary of the book, and where you can find it as an e-book or e-audiobook, if applicable — Libby (L) and/or Hoopla (H).

New York Times Best Sellers

The covers of the books While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams, Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters, A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult, Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford, and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Each has a New York Times Best Seller label attached.

(L = Libby, H = Hoopla)

Fiction

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
( catalog entry | summary | L )

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Billy Summers by Stephen King
( catalog entry | summary | L )

The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
( catalog entry | summary | L )

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
( catalog entry | summary | L )

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

Nonfiction

In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences by Truman Capote
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
( catalog entry | summary | L )

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford
( catalog entry | summary | L )

The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
( catalog entry | summary | L )

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Know My Name by Chanel Miller
( catalog entry | summary | L )

A Promised Land by Barack Obama
( catalog entry | summary | L )

High School by Tegan and Sara Quin
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Want more recommendations? Check out the latest New York Times Best Seller lists here, or even try perusing every New York Times Best Seller list ever published.

National Book Award Winner or Finalist

A listing of book covers and when they were nominated for a National Book Award. Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam was a finalist in 2020. The Color Purple by Alice Walker was a winner in 1983. Go Ahead in the Rain by Hanif Abdurraqib was on the longlist in 2019. All That She Carried by Tiya Miles was a winner in 2021. Head Off and Split by Nikky Finney was a winner in 2011.

(L = Libby, H = Hoopla)

Fiction

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Matrix by Lauren Groff
( catalog entry | summary | L )

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
( catalog entry | summary | L )

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Nonfiction

Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib
( catalog entry | summary | H )

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
( catalog entry | summary | L )

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Alicia Miles
( catalog entry | summary | L )

The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
( catalog entry | summary  )

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) by Rebecca Solnit
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Poetry

Obit by Victoria Chang
( catalog entry | summary | H )

Floaters: Poems by Martín Espada
( catalog entry | summary  )

Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney
( catalog entry | summary  )

Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück
( catalog entry | summary | L )

What Work Is: Poems by Philip Levine
( catalog entry | summary  )

A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure by Hoa Nguyen
( catalog entry | summary | H )

New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver
( catalog entry | summary  )

Incarnadine: Poems by Mary Szybist
( catalog entry | summary  )

Want more recommendations? Check out the 2021 National Book Award winners and finalists here, or browse winners by year or by category.


Next week is our last booklist of the summer reading program, and it's a fun one — our staff will share books we've always wanted to read. Happy reading!