Summer is the time when libraries traditionally encourage children in their leisure reading with fun programming and prizes. At the Alvin Sherman Library, we invite adults to rediscover the joy of summer reading. Here is a list to get your started. Don’t forget to sign up for Adult Summer Reading Awards with the chance to win prizes all summer long.

  • The Magdalen Girls
    V.S. Alexander

    When her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest, sixteen-year-old Teagan is sent to one of Dublin's Magdalen Laundries for fallen women, where she befriends two other girls who help her endure the harsh captivity.

  • Hag-Seed
    Margaret Atwood

    A retelling of William Shakespeare's The Tempest.

  • The Fifth Petal: A Novel
    Barry Brunonia

    When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem's chief of police, John Rafferty wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed "The Goddess Murders," in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft.

  • Orphans of the Carnival
    Carol Birch

    Julia Pastrana is the singing and dancing marvel from Mexico, heralded on tours across nineteenth-century Europe as much for her talent as for her rather unusual appearance. Yet few can see past the thick hair that covers her: she is both the fascinating toast of a Governor's ball and the shunned, revolting, unnatural beast, to be hidden from children and pregnant women. But what is her wonderful and terrible link to Rose, collector of lost treasures in an attic room in modern-day south London

  • Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
    William Burnett

    Using real-life stories and proven techniques like reframing, prototyping and mind-mapping, you will learn how to build your way forwards, step-by-positive-step, to a life that’s better by a design of your own making.

  • The Tea Planter's Wife
    Dinah Jefferies

    1920s Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Gwendolyn, a young Englishwoman, marries Laurence, an older widower and tea plantation owner. At first Gwen finds it hard to adjust to the customs and racial issues, but on discovering she is pregnant Gwen is determined to be a good mother and a support to her husband. When Laurence's sister Verity visits, questions are raised about Laurence's first marriage and secrets about his past.

  • Human Acts: A Novel
    Han Kang

    Follows the aftermath of a young boy's shocking death during a violent student uprising as told from the perspectives of the event's victims and their loved ones.

  • Hero of the Empire
    Candice Millard

    From New York Times bestselling author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt, a thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill's extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War.

  • Books for Living
    Will Schwalbe

    From the author of the best-selling and beloved The End of Your Life Book Club--a wonderfully engaging new book: both a celebration of reading in general and an impassioned recommendation of specific books that can help guide us through our daily lives. 'I've always believed that everything you need to know you can find in a book,' writes Will Schwalbe in his introduction to this thought-provoking, heartfelt, and inspiring new book about books.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow
    Amor Towles

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility--a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style.