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Summer Reads
1

Burnt Toast Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food & Love from an American Midwest Family
- Kathleen Flinn

Author Kathleen Flinn shares uplifting stories of the recipes that shaped her life growing up on a Michigan farm. For this family, cooking was the conduit through which previous generations of her working-class family expressed their love for each other. A warm, quietly poignant treat.

  2

English Gardens Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
- Rhoda Janzen


Written with wry humor and huge personality—and tackling faith, love, family, and aging—this book is an immensely moving memoir of healing, certain to touch anyone who has ever had to look homeward in order to move ahead.

3

The Oversoul Seven Trilogy The Oversoul Seven Trilogy
- Jane Roberts

Three delightful metaphysical books in one. The stories tell the in-between lifetime adventures, misadventures and education of an oversoul name Seven.

  4


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
-Marie Kondo

A detailed guide to de-cluttering your home from cleaning consultant, Marie Kondo.  Using her method, you will determine which items in your house "spark joy" and which don't, and how to simplify, organize and store.

5

The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
- Charles Duhigg

If you're in the mood for a non-fiction summer read this year, consider The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. This book is a fascinating exploration of our daily habits - those we are aware of and those that may be so routine we are oblivious to them - and how we can shape and mold them to our advantage. You may end up with a new perspective on your life!

  6

The Night CircusThe Night Circus
- Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

7

In The Unliely Event - Judy Blume

In the Unlikely Event
- Judy Blume

I have been a fan of Judy Blume since my teen years. Her books have inspired me and opened my mind. She writes about taboo topics for children and young adults — racism (“Iggie’s House”), bullying (“Blubber”), sex (“Forever?.?.?.?”). In her first novel for adults, she uses her own young life as source material, revisiting a time when three planes crashed over eight weeks in her hometown, during an indelible period of history — the ­beginning of the 1950s, just as the glossy suburban dream of picket fences and safe conformity jutted up against unrelenting Cold War paranoia.

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