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The Radio West Summer Reading List

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Here's what we have so far!
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From Toni McKilligan:
If you're looking for something gritty, but intelligently humorous, then Eoin Colfer's Plugged and Screwed (two different books) might be worth taking a look at. Warnings: abundant violence and profanity.

From Jessica Dichow:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - fantastic and twisted. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson - full of fun history, heartwarming and laugh out loud hilarious. Joyland by Stephen King - a short easy read with his usually creepiness but entertaining the whole way through.

From Sheldon Stuttard:
The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom Anne Frank - Diary of a Young Girl, The Ice Man - Confessions of a Mafia Hitman by Philip Carlo, The Dirt (Motley Crue)....A pretty wide spectrum thus far....

From Suzan Wood-Young:
Some favourites so far - Joyland by Stephen King, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty. Very favourite so far - And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

From Harold:
Witty whodunits would be the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley - lots of fun.

From CM in Creston:
This summer I am currently reading John LeCarre's A Delicate Truth.

From Uta Van Ziffle:
After being entranced with the movie Les Miserables earlier this year, (I must be one of the few that had not seen a live version or movie, or read the book previously) I picked up the book.  This is summer reading that will fill a good part of the summer.  Usually I like to read a book before seeing the movie so as not to taint the images in my brain, but imagining Hugh Jackman's character as I read this book is not distasteful:)  Reading this after the movie actually helps fill in many details.  This book goes into great detail(!) in the development of the characters and events both surrounding the story of Jean Valjean as well as corresponding history of the French Revolution.  Fascinating, enjoyable.

From Gord Henderson:
I've been reading a series called "The Wheel of Time" by Robert Jordan.  Just before Christmas, 2011 Rex Murphy's XCountry Checkup had callers suggest books to give as presents.  One caller's review of "The Wheel of Time" had me searching the ORL the next day.  Jordan has been called "the author who took over where Tolkien left off".  I would absolutely agree.

From Shirley Kimery
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

From Margrit Bayer:
1) Miracle In The Andes by Nando Parrado
A MUST read, a mind blowing true story written by one of the survivors of the plane crash in the Andes.

2) The Buddha In the Attic by Julie Otsuka
This story sheds light on the Picture Brides sent to the US from Japan to marry Japanese immigrants.

3) Wild by Cheryl Strayed
An addictive, gorgeous book that not only entertains, but leaves us the better for having read it.

4) Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman
A view into a Hasidic community, an interesting, light read.

5) The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
A vibrant and compassionate portrait of a family hardened and scattered by circumstance.

6) Escape from Camp14 by Blaine Harden
This is a difficult read, the true story of horrific hardship and escape.

7) The Bear's Embrace by Patricia Van Tighem
A true story of a grizzly bear attack and an important reminder of what it means to be vulnerable in a world that has little patience for vulnerability.



Recommendations from our poets:


Sharon Thesen suggests An H in the Heart: A Reader, by B.P. Nichol (edited by George Bowering and Michael Ondaatje)

Fred Mah loves Liquidities by Daphne Marlatt


Recommendations from our bookstore guest:

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simpson
The Whitewater Cooks series (cookbooks)
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

Plus, check out the list you helped us make in February!



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