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Adult Summer Reading List


Adult Summer Reading List, 2008

This year the summer reading theme for adults and young adults is Metamorphosis. It’s not too late to join the fun. All are invited to our family reading celebration Saturday, August 23, from 12:00 4:00 pm. We will have activities for all ages, music, door-prizes, activities to share your love of reading, and snacks. To sign-up for the reading club, order books for summer enjoyment, and get updates on summer events, please contact the library 212 206 5483 or email

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The Land of Mango Sunsets
Dorothea Benton Frank
RC 64906
3 Cassettes
New York socialite Miriam Swanson, estranged from her grown sons, has become a miserable social pariah since her divorce. But, after visiting her aging hippie mother in Sullivans Island, South Carolina, Miriam changes her attitude. With the help of her tenants, she begins to enjoy life. 2007.

The Tattoo Artist
Jill Ciment
RC 5449
2 Cassettes
Ciment's novel narrates the life of a New York surrealist artist whose 30 years among South Pacific natives teaches her the sacred art of tattooing. Sara returns to New York in the 1970 s, after a roving Life magazine reporter discovers her on the island and photographs her, revealing her curious life's work to the world. Though historically fantastic, Ciment's novel is poignant and intriguing. 2005.

Everything's Eventual: Fourteen Dark Tales
Stephen King
RC 54067
4 Cassettes
Fourteen short tales of horror and dread, including "Riding the Bullet"--first published on the Internet--in which Alan Parker, hitchhiking through Maine to visit his ailing mother, is picked up by a living corpse in a Mustang. In "In the Death Room," a reporter is tortured for information. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2002.

Confessions of a Shopaholic
Sophie Kinsella
RC 54435
2 Cassettes
Young London journalist Rebecca Bloomwood loves to shop for clothes, makeup, shoes, and other trendy extravagances she can ill afford on her meager wages. Her banker is pressing her about her enormous overdue credit-card bill, but Becky just can't seem to control her addiction. Some strong language. 2001.

The History of Love
Nicole Krauss
RC 60776
2 Cassettes
New York. Jewish octogenarian Leo Gursky learns that the novel he wrote to his true love when he was a young man in Poland was plagiarized and published by a Chilean. Meanwhile, teenaged Alma Singer researches the book's main character her namesake discovering Gursky and the truth. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Wise Blood
Flannery O'Connor
RC 5446
1 Cassette
Hazel Motes of Eastrod, Tennessee, comes home from the Army and becomes entranced by the power of a street preacher, Asa Hawks. Abandoning his fundamentalist faith, Motes begins to preach on his own,
but runs into conflict with Hawks when he declares a new religion called The Church Without Christ. Strong Language. 1949.

Rise and Shine: A Novel
Anna Quindlen
RC 63651
2 Cassettes
New York City. Television talk-show host Meghan Fitzmaurice endures the disintegration of her family and career after accidentally airing offensive comments about a guest through a live microphone. Meghan retreats in isolation, leaving her social-worker sister, Bridget, to help her rebuild her life. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Lisa See
RC 60738
2 Cassettes
Nineteenth-century China. A matchmaker pairs young Lily and Snow Flower in a lifelong friendship. For years they communicate using a secret code written on a fan, sharing their joys and sorrows until a isunderstanding threatens to destroy their bond. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2005.

Danielle Steel
RC 63096
2 Cassettes
After college graduation Princess Christianna's royal father allows her to volunteer anonymously at an international relief camp in Africa. Christianna falls in love with Parker Williams, a physician working with Doctors Without Borders, but violence invades their haven. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.


You Can Heal Your Life
Louise L Hay
RC 26986
158, 2 Cassettes
Bestseller. The author, a metaphysical counselor, asserts that "if we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed." This handbook tells how to eliminate the blocks to good health and a happy life by regaining one's self-esteem and confidence.

A New Earth: The Opportunity of Our Times
Eckhart Tolle
RC 60650
204, 2 Cassettes
The author of The Power of Now (RC 55646) implores people to reject a prevailing ego-based state of consciousness and shift to a higher plane to create a more loving world. 2005.

Self-Made Man: One Woman’s Year Disguised as a Man
Norah Vincent
RC 61952
305, 2 Cassettes
Gay former L.A. Times columnist chronicles her eighteen-month stint disguised as a man. Describes joining a male bowling league, attending a men's retreat, and visiting strip clubs. Explores gender identity, the pressures of masculinity, and the guilt caused by her deception. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Crashing Through: A Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See
Robert Kurson
RC 63747 / BR 17156
362, 2 Cassettes
The author of Shadow Divers (RC 58650) profiles Michael May (born 1953), who was blinded at age three and later became a champion skier, CIA analyst, and entrepreneur. Relates May's internal conflict over whether or not to undergo an operation to restore his sight. 2007.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
Jean-Dominique Bauby
RC 46844
362, 1 Cassette
A series of reminiscences by a paralyzed survivor of a massive stroke. A victim of "locked-in syndrome," he feels as if his body were inside a diving bell, while his mind can still "soar like a butterfly." He poignantly recalls a time when he took good health for granted, and he describes how hard it is to communicate when he can only blink his left eye. Bestseller.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations...One School at a Time
Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
RC 64285
371, 3 Cassettes
Award-winning journalist Relin describes the mission of American humanitarian Greg Mortenson, who established the Central Asia Institute and built schools throughout Taliban-ruled lands. Discusses his childhood in Tanzania and a failed 1993 attempt to climb K2, which resulted in a promise to the Pakistani villagers who saved his life. 2006.

The United States of Arugula: The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution
David Kamp
RC 64664
641, 2 Cassettes
Magazine editor chronicles the rise of epicurean cuisine in America from the 1930s to the twenty-first century. Examines the introduction of international foods, the emergence of culinary media, and the improvement in ingredients' variety and quality. Highlights the impact of chefs like Julia Child on the "food
revolution." 2006.

The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People's History of Ancient Rome
Michael Parenti
RC 57323
937, 2 Cassettes
People's History of Ancient Rome. Historian views Julius Caesar's murder by Roman senators on March 15, 44 B.C., as motivated by class warfare, not by a desire to restore republican liberties usurped by a despotic ruler. The emperor supported economic reforms to benefit the masses and was killed by nobles who resisted giving up power. 2003.

Gone to New York: Adventures in the City
Ian Frazier
RC 5461
974, 2 Cassettes
Welcome to Ian Frazier's New York, a city more downtown than up, where every block is an event and the denizens are larger than life. Frazier, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, offers his perspective on living in New York City in these essays that date from 1975 to 2005.




La Balsa de Piedra / The Stone Raft
José Saramago
RC 61020
3 Cassettes
Una serie de acontecimientos siniestros y catastróficos causan que la península ibérica se aparte del continente Europeo y se dirija a la deriva hacia Suramérica. Los residentes frenéticos se unen para enfrentar juntos a ese futuro incierto que inesperadamente los lleva a encontrarse con los habitantes del nuevo mundo. 2001

Once Minutos / Eleven Minutes
Paulo Coelho
RC 56976
2 Cassettes
Decepcionada del amor, María comienza a trabajar como prostituta en Ginebra. Mientras que ella lleva esa vida fácil, María tiene un encuentro ocasional con un pintor joven que la lleva a un nuevo conocimiento sobre el sexo dentro del contexto del amor. 2003.

Transportes Gonzalez e Hija Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.
Escandon, Maria Amparo
RC 60974
2 Cassettes
Mientras que estaba prisionera en una cárcel mexicana, Libertad González les lee novelas a otros presos. Pero la historia que ella narra es siempre la misma “la del camionero Joaquín González, que cría a su pequeña hija en la carretera en su camión de dieciocho ruedas.2005.

Vacaciones en Saint-Tropez / Sunset in St. Tropez
Danielle Steel
RC 61043
2 Cassettes
Tres parejas de Nueva York… Diana y Eric Morrison, Pascale y Juan Donnally, Anne y Roberto Smith—deciden ir de vacaciones a Francia un verano. Anne muere antes del viaje y Roberto invitar a su nueva “Super Start” novia, para que le acompañe en el viaje causando una gran conmoción dentro del grupo. 2003.


Internet para Todos /Internet for Everyone
Jaime A. Restrepo
RC 52982
004, 2 Cassettes
Una guía paso a paso, para aprender a usar la Internet. Los capítulos detallan la historia y la función de la Internet y explican cómo funciona. Discute el navegar por la Internet correos electrónicos y problemas de seguridad. 2001.

Pitágoras / Pythagoras
Patricia. Caniff
RC 61071
182, 1 Cassette
Biografía del filósofo griego más conocido por su teorema geométrico que nació en el aňo 570 B.C. Pythagoras viajó a través del mundo antiguo por treinta y cinco años en busca de conocimiento. Cuando regresa a casa, desarrolla sus teorías y filosofías matemáticas, dando al mundo y a la vida cotidiana una estructura natural. 2003.

Las Francesas No Engordan / French Women Don't Get Fat
Mireille Guiliano
RC 61034
613, 2 Cassettes
Guía acerca de la "Paradoja francesa; de permanecer delgadas mientras comen con placer. El programa incluye como hacer un inventario de la dieta actual; como ajustarse a las porciones equilibradas y a la diversidad alimenticia ingiriendo los alimentos preferidos en medida apropiada. Discute acerca de la compra de comestibles, preparación de alimentos, ejercicios simples, secretos de la mujer francesa y recetas de cocina. 2005.

Cantos de Vida y Esperanza / Songs of Life and Hope
Rubén Darío
RC 60594
861, 2 Cassettes
Contiene los trabajos principales del poeta nicaragüense a quien se le considera ser el fundador del movimiento modernista español. Incluye una introducción detallada de la vida y el trabajo de Darío en inglés y sus poemas en el español original con traducciones en ingles. 2004.