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Check Out The Books For Adults We Recommend!

8/8/2014 -- Here are some great books we recommend adults read this summer.


Book recommendations brought to you by the staff at our Columbia Branch.


The books are available through your Lorain Public Library System.


Happy Reading!



List Below Compiled by Nicole Katz, Library Associate

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir By Lady Trent by Marie Brennan (Adult Fiction)

This "memoir" is a fantastic work of fiction told from the point of view of Lady Isabella Trent, an elderly, quirky, quick-witted and snarky dragon expert. The story starts when Lady Trent is seven and follows through her origin of interest in dragons and the growing fascination of the species through her many adventures in discovering all there is to know about dragons. Unlike many non-fiction memoirs, this story is written in a style that is far from dry. It is an exciting and well-written history. I couldn't put it down and I highly recommend this book for anyone that loves fantasy and adventure stories.


List Compiled below by Sandy Mitchell, former Librarian Supervisor

Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs (Adult Mystery)  

Laura Child’s Eggs in a Casket is #5 in the Cackleberry Club mystery series.   Set in the small town of Kindred, the dead body of one of the town’s prominent figures is found by two of the Cackleberry Club café’ owners, as they deliver flowers for the 150th anniversary celebration at Memorial Cemetery.  Unusual characters, a homey setting, clever plot, and food all contribute to the enjoyable “who done it,”light read.  Other mystery series by the author include the Tea Shop Mysteries and the Scrapbook Mysteries.


Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Adult Fiction)  

Pierce Brown’s dystopian fiction is an unforgettable read.  How do you deal with power, when you are powerless?  How can someone stuck in the lowest caste of humanity advance? Darrow strives for a better life for his family, but when his wife is hung by the government, he is caught up into transforming into a revolutionary and becoming part of the highest level of the caste, “Gold.” This ruling class has created war games where only the most brutal and best survive.  What will happen to Darrow and what choices will he make?  This is the first book in a planned trilogy.


The Boy in the SuitCase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis (Adult Fiction)

Winner of Denmark’s “Best Thriller” award, this international bestseller centers around Nina Borg, who is left with a key to a public locker in Copenhagen by her friend, Karin.  To her surprise, inside of the locker is a three-year-old boy.  The mystery deepens as her friend is found brutally murdered.  As she searches to find out who the boy is, she finds both of their lives in danger. 



List Below Compiled by by Karlyn Chilenksi, Library Associate

The Ohio Bucket List – 100 Ways to Have a Real Ohio Experience by Michael Crisp

Make your own list of interesting adventures to have in Ohio from these great suggestions.


The Beauty of Zentangle: Inspirational Examples from 137 Gifted Tangle Artists Worldwide by Suzanne McNeill, CZT and Cindy Shepard, CZT

Experience the incredible art of Zentangle by viewing these fascinating and elegant images!


Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by Dr. John W. Pilley Jr. Ph.D with Hilary Hinzmann

Our relationship with dogs may change after reading this heartwarming story of training an incredible Border collie who learned more words than any other non-human animal.


Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013 by Brett Atkinson, Rob Whyte, Rafael Wlodarski, Oliver Smith, Brendan Sainsbury, Amy Karafin, Tony Wheeler, Abigail Blasi, Tom Hall, Dan Savery Raz & 7 more

Escape the winter and travel the world in images that excite your sense of adventure.  Find exotic destinations with unusual sights, regional cuisines, and fascinating facts.  There is even a place you can consume 5, 000 calories a day and still lose weight!


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

Disadvantages can sometimes really be advantages.  Malcolm Gladwell helps us change our perspective while entertaining us in this fascinating and informative book.