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Dive into These Beach Reads! Summer Reading Recommendations from Our Local Libraries

Dive into These Beach Reads! Summer Reading Recommendations from Our Local Libraries

New City Library  

How Can I Help You by Laura Sims


Recommended by Nancy Moskowitz, Reference Librarian 

“Margo works inconspicuously at a small-town public library, hiding her past as a nurse whose patients sometimes met suspicious deaths. But newbie staffer Patricia thinks there’s something off about Margo and becomes especially alert when a patron dies at the library.” 

Prom Mom by Laura Lippman  

Recommended by Nancy Moskowitz, Reference Librarian  

“Drawn back to Baltimore where she’s known as “Prom Mom” — the girl who allegedly killed her baby on the night of the prom after her date, Joe Simpson, abandoned her — Amber Glass is unable to stay away from Joe and vice versa, until he asks her to help him do the unthinkable.” 

 Valley Cottage Library  

Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley 

Recommended by Megan Stover, Adult Services Librarian  

“I love getting absorbed in a mystery when I have undivided reading time on vacation! In this YA novel, Perry has grand plans to while away her summer on a fishing boat, but when she winds up in the community internship program, she gets entangled in cases of missing Indigenous women. Boulley’s writing invites you into the community of Sugar Island and will have you glued to the page in a series of shocking reveals!”   

Quietly Hostile: Essays by Samantha Irby  

Recommended by Anya Berg, Adult Services Librarian  

“As in her other collections, blogger and television writer Irby offers an unrestrained and frequently hilarious take on a range of personal and pop culture topics.”

Nanuet Public Library 

The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson

Recommended by Lauren Banks, Head of Children’s Services 

“This is a sweet and uplifting story that shows us the good in others, how you can’t (or shouldn’t) judge a book by its cover, and how chance encounters can change our lives. You will root and cheer for Libby and Frank! Chances are that you will find a piece of yourself in this book.” 

Stars in an Italian Sky by Jill Santopolo  

Recommended by Janis Kowalski, Librarian 

“This historical fiction story has dual timelines and takes you from Italy in the 1940s back to New York in 2017. The characters become your family. Be prepared for secrets, heartbreak, struggles, traditions, love, and the intermingling of two generations. Be sure to pack this excellent coming-of-age book in your beach bag!” 

 Finkelstein Memorial Library 

Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah 

Recommended by Laurie Needell, Adult Services Librarian 

“Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is a Spring Valley native and a writer of immense talent. His first book, Friday Black, was one of my favorite books of 2018. His newest novel tells the story of two women gladiators fighting for their freedom from a prison system. We are very excited that he will be having a book signing and discussion (in-person and virtual) at the Finkelstein Library on Wednesday, August 30 at 7pm.” 

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