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Summer Reading Recommendations for Adults

Our librarian Faith Bitterolf has compiled summer reading recommendations for Sewickley Academy faculty. They also make for perfect adult summer reading! Happy reading!


(Descriptions from cited sources)

The Paris Architect - Charles Belfoure  

“In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money – and maybe get him killed.”  Barnes and Noble

Lexicon - Max Barry  

“Emily is recruited to join a clandestine international organization that seems bent on taking over the world through the power of language.”  Booklist

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln - Stephen Carter

“Fascinating mix of murder mystery, political thriller, and courtroom drama.”  Booklist

A Land More Kind Than Home - Wiley Cash  

Amazon calls this “a heart-rending family story, a gripping and suspenseful mystery.”

Dirty Love - Andre Dubus III   

“In these linked novellas, characters walk out the back door of one story and into the next.”  W.W. Norton and Co.

Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline 

The author “seamlessly knits together the past and present of two women, one young and one old.”  Ann Hood on Amazon.com 

Dear Life: Stories - Alice Munro  

“…continued wonderment provided by arguably the best short-story writer in English today.”  Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2013

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion  

“…a fussy, socially-challenged man’s search for the perfect wife is smart, breezy, quirky, and fun.”  Amazon

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt  

The Pulitzer Prize winning novel that is “...a globe-spanning mystery about a painting that has gone missing, an examination of friendship, and a rumination on the nature of art.”  Amazon


Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss - Marty Appel

Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home - Sheri Booker

Follow the Money: A Month in the Life of a Ten-Dollar Bill - Steve Boggan

Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family’s Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom - Yangzom Brauen

The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities - William D. Cohan

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants - Malcolm Gladwell  

Farther Away: Essays - Jonathan Franzen

“..trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day.”  Amazon

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher - Sue Halpern

The author and her dog begin the training needed for her pet to become a certified therapy dog.

Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America - Annie Jacobsen

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England - Dan Jones

The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games - Jesper Juul  

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin - Jill Lepore

Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater - Michael Sokolove


It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens - Danah Boyd

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child - Donalyn Miller and Jeff Anderson

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World - Tina Seelig

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity - Andrew Solomon


The Chopped Cookbook: Use What You’ve Got to Cook Something Great - Food Network Kitchens 

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen - Lucy Knisley

My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories - David Lebovitz

Did we miss any?

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