Summer Reading is Back!

Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, we are geared up and ready for summer – reading, that is. This year’s theme is:



Click here for details about the program.


In honor of the theme, here are a few good novels (with “water” in the title, of course!) to get you started this summer. Those with asterisks are highly recommended by me.  (Annotations provided by NoveList Plus.)

Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger*

  • Falling in love with the free-spirited Mary during a sabbatical from his teaching job, the nature-loving Cobb is devastated to learn that Mary may be carrying a gene for an incurable illness that runs in her family.

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel*

  • At the beginning of the 20th century, Tita, the youngest of three daughters, is expected to serve her mother for the rest of her life, but in order to show her love to Pedro, who is engaged to her sister, Tita cooks for him.

Night Over Water by Ken Follett

  • An English aristocrat, a German scientist, a murderer, a thief, and a beautiful woman are among the desperate passengers who board the most luxurious airliner ever built to escape from England two days after the declaration of war against Germany in 1939.

On the Water by H.M. van den Brink

  • Tells the poignant story of Anton and David, two oarsmen trained by a mysterious German coach in the golden Amsterdam summer of 1939. (Courtesy of the TFPL catalog.)

Shadows on the Water by Elizabeth Cadell

  • A widow, a missing father, and a new love add to the tension on board a ship bound for Buenos Aires.

The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman*

  • After writing a story about her late mother, Iris Greenfeder returns to her childhood home at the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, intending to write her mother’s biography, only to stumble into the middle of a haunting mystery.

Thicker Than Water by Linda Barlow and William G. Tapply

  • After years of denying a legacy of mystical healing powers, Dr. Rachel Morgan must use her heritage to rescue her son, kidnapped by her mother’s enemies, as she follows a dark trail of evil that reaches back to the brutal medical experiments of the Nazi concentration camps.

Trial by Water by George Cuomo

  • Just when he thinks everything is going his way in his new home of Trent, Massachusetts, transplanted New Yorker Florian Rubio finds his world turned upside down when his son is implicated in the deaths of two teens.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (our Book Club pick – join us June 8th at 5:30)

  • Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.

The Water Dancers by Terry Gamble

  • When Native American Rachel Winnapee takes a job at the March summer home on Lake Michigan, she soon learns her place amidst the upper-class, until a war-wounded Woody, the family heir, returns home wounded in body and soul, and falls in love with this very different woman.

Water Witches by Christopher Bohjalian

  • As Vermont faces its worst drought in memory, a cynical lawyer representing a ski resort that wants to draw water from a local river is challenged by a female shaman who can find water beneath the earth.

The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

  • A photographer who has come to a small island off the coast of New Hampshire to shoot a photo-essay about a double murder that took place there over a century ago, notices parallels between her own life and the lives of the murder victims.

White Water Trail: A Western Trio by Dan Cushman

  • In this new trio of short novels, “The Phantom Herds of Furnace Flats” opens to a mysterious murder in the Dry River Range. In “Boothill Loves a Pilgrim” Harvey T. Watney has been an assistant bookkeeper in a Chicago accounting firm for over twenty years when he unexpectedly inherits a ranch in Montana Territory. Tim Calloway in “White Water Trail” originally left Alaska because he didn’t want any part of his father’s salmon business, but that was four years ago. (Courtesy of the TFPL catalog.)

Wide is the Water by Jane Aiken Hodge

  • Mercy and Hart Purchis are separated by the Revolution with Hart a prisoner in England and Mercy traveling from Boston to Philadelphia and London to reunite with him.

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris

  • Moving backward in time, Dorris’s critically acclaimed debut novel is a lyrical saga of three generations of Native American women beset by hardship and torn by angry secrets.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Susan Vineyard on July 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Somehow I missed out on this great novel in high school and college. It helped me to realize that there has been discrimination against people because of their color or because of something they have done for a long time. I liked how Atticus taught his children by example how to rise above and set an example for other people in the community.


  2. Posted by Susan Vineyard on July 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    One Simple Act by Debbie Macomber
    In this book Debbie encourages the reader to make a journal of the things they are grateful for in their lives. Debbie reminds us to have empathy and compassion for other people because we may not know what they are going through. She stated that empathetic people are more creative, more grateful and more satisfied, so it helps us and the people we have empathy for.


  3. Posted by Susan Vineyard on July 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    A Question of Freedom by Dwayne Betts
    The author commits a carjacking as a teen and ends up being tried as an adult. For a while he struggles with anger and making even more poor choices and then realizes if he ever wants to be released he has to make some personal changes. The author also has a book of poetry that is soon to be released. He is now out of prison and working on college degrees.


  4. Posted by Susan Vineyard on July 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    One Dead in Attic by Chris Rose
    Fantastic first person reporting about what it was like to be in New Orleans after Katrina. I really enjoyed the story about the man that collected refrigerator magnets and stuck them to his truck. The dishwasher in the pot hole made me wonder how big it could be. I really enjoyed attending the book talk.


  5. Posted by Susan Vineyard on July 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    The Power of Play by David Elkind
    In this book the author reminds us of the importance of play for all children. He is not talking about the structured sports play we adults assign our children to. He talks about imaginative play where the children make the rules and the importance of that free time in the outdoors for children to relax and unwind.


  6. Posted by Susan Vineyard on July 27, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
    Great book that talks about the importance of children exploring and learning from the outdoor environment around them. I was surprised to learn that in some communities tree houses are no longer allowed because of safety. Children really need to be allowed to explore and be outside.


  7. Posted by Susan Vineyard on July 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    The Girl With the Brown Crayon by Vivian Gussin Paley
    Mrs. Paley learns in her final year of teaching that the children’s books of Leo Lionni are great books for her students to listen to, act out and talk about to discuss behaviors and how our choices effect others.


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