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Summer reads

Sunday, July 29, 2018

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There's nothing like reading to ward off summer learning loss and keep children and young adults engaged during the long, lazy days of summer. Whether at the beach, poolside, or on the pillows before bedtime, these titles should keep them more than entertained. Here is our third set of three.

Turtles all the Way Down

by John Green

Tempted by the $100,000 reward, Daisy Ramirez takes her best friend Aza Holmes on a journey to find well known billionaire construction magnate Russell Pickett, who has gone missing. Pickett is the father of Aza's old friend, Davis. While on the search, Aza begins to fall in love with Davis, who is portrayed as a troubled teenager as a result of his grief. When the girls eventually solve the case, they also find out that Russell left his fortune to his pet turtle.

Genre: Young adult fiction

Originally published: October 10, 2017

Publisher: Dutton Penguin

Nominations: Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult Fiction

The Sun does Shine: How I found Life and Freedom on Death Row

by Anthony Ray Hinton

Twenty-nine-year-old Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama in 1985. He believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free, but the system of justice for a poor black man in the American south sentenced him to death. Hinton's first three years on death row filled him with anger and despair, but he soon came to accept his fate and, in doing so, resolved to survive. With the help of a civil rights attorney, Hinton won his release in 2015, after 27 years and witnessing the death of 54 fellow inmates.

Genre: Autobiography

Originally published March 27, 2018

Publisher: St Martin's Press

Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection

Crushing It! How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too

by Gary Vaynerchuk

This book is for anyone considering owning a business. The author shares his personal story along with that of other successful entrepreneurs who defied the norms of the corporate path in order to achieve success and build a brand. Gary explains how he has used the Internet to improve his personal brand. He insists that having a vibrant personal brand is important to entrepreneurial success. Crushing It! is a guide to successfully building your brand as a business person.

Genre: Self-help

Originally published: January 30, 2018


Vaynerchuk is a four-time, New York Times best-selling author

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