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Books, Books, and More Books! Suggestions from Jan Blodgett and Interested Readers

by | May 24, 2022

Summer Reading Suggestions from Jan Blodgett and Main Street Books


Two Wheels Good: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle. Jody Rosen. May 24

High Sierra. Kim Stanley Robinson (author of Ministry of the Future)

Surfing the South. Mark Estes

52 Ways to Walk. Annabel Streets

Windswept: Walking the Paths of Trailblazing Women. Annabel Abbs

The Movement Made Us: A Father, A Sun, and the Legacy of a Freedom Ride. David Dennis, Jr. and David Dennis, Sr.

How the Word Is Passed. Clint Smith

Left on Tenth. Delia Ephron

The Boys. Ron and Clint Howard

Forever Young. Hayley Mills

Agent Josphine. Damien Lewis. July

Historical Fiction

Diamond Eye. Kate Quinn. Also The Rose Code, The Alice Network. Nonfiction read-a-long: A Woman of No Importance. Sonia Purrell

Pachinko. Min Jin Lee

Prince of the Skies. Antoine Iturbe

Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

The Fortune Men – Nadifa Mohamed

Last Dance at the Starlight Pier. Sarah Bird

Carolina Built. Kianna Alexander

#Metoo novels

Lessons in Chemistry. Bonnie Garmus

The Change. Kirsten Miller

When Women Were Dragons. Kelly Regan Barnhill

Her Hidden Genius. Marie Benedict.  Nonfiction read-a-long: The Secret of Life. Howard Markel

Contemporary Novels

Memphis. Tara M. Stringfellow

Black Cake. Charmaine Wilkerson

I Kissed Shara Wheeler. Casey McQuiston

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty. Akwaeke Emezi (May 24)


Sea of Tranquility. Emily St. John Mandel

Psalm for the Wild Built & Prayer for the Crown-Shy. Becky Chambers

House on the Cerulean Sea & Under the Whispering Door. T.J. Klune

A Spindle Splintered and A Mirror Mended (June). Alix Harrow


Finlay Donovan Is Killing It and Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘em Dead. Elle Cosimano

The Maid. Nita Prose

Murder at Mallowan Hall. Colleen Cambridge

The Christie Affair. Nina de Gramont

Fortune Favors the Dead and Murder Under Her Skin. Stephen Spotswood

Books recommended by attendees at DavidsonLearns Spotlight Event May 18, 2022

Fascism:  A Warning by Madeleine Albright

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Rickey:  The Life & Legend of an American Original by Howard Bryant

The Other Dr. Gilmer by Benjamin Gilmer

For 2 Cents Plain by Harry Golden

How to be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman

Garbo by Robert Gottlieb

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

The Sacred Bridge by Anne Hillerman (daughter of Tony Hillerman)

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

Dancing in Odessa by Ilya Kaminsky

The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre

Conviction by Denise Mina

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

A Promise of Ankles by Alexander McCall Smith

The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder

Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

A Sunlit Weapon (a Maisie Dobbs book) by Jacqueline Winspear

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