By: Cea Sunrise Person
In the late 1960's, the Person family was living an unconventional life in California, characterized by drugs and free love, when Cea was born to her teenage mother and young father. Cea's grandfather, Dick, led the family to northern Canada to escape society. After her parents' divorce, Cea lived in a variety of tipis in the wilderness without electricity or running water. Cea and her mother, Michelle, eventually left the wilderness to live with a variety of Michelle's boyfriends. As an adult, Cea struggles to understand and make peace with her dysfunctional childhood.
By: Elizabeth Warren
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was born in Oklahoma as the youngest child, and only daughter, to a working class family. She was discouraged by her family from pursuing college, but, despite an early marriage and motherhood, Warren not only received her bachelor's degree but also finished law school. As a professor at Harvard, she was asked to serve in an advisory role during the banking crisis. What she describes in her meticulously-researched book will turn the stomach of the average American. The middle class is working harder than ever but is struggling to survive. The banking industry pays an army of lobbyists to push through legislation to protect their profits at the expense of the American consumer. As a senator, Warren hopes to have more influence to help the middle class.
By: Spencer Quinn
Dog On It, To Fetch a Thief, Thereby Hangs a Tail. With clever titles like these you’ve got to know this series will entertain. The surprise is the narrator Chet the Dog. Bernie, the human, solves many a case, but Chet knows as much and sometime more about what’s going on. Despite wandering thoughts and canine interpretations of human vocabulary, Chet is always instrumental in bringing the perps to justice. Next book in the series is Paw and Order. Pick it up for a great summer read.
By: Ben Montgomery
In 1955 at the age of 67, Emma Gatewood became the first woman to walk the entire Appalachian Trail alone. She did it without a sleeping bag, tent, or conventional backpack. When possible, Gatewood relied on food and shelter from people who lived near the trail. Halfway through her hike, she became a national celebrity, followed by several newspapers and a journalist from Sports Illustrated. Gatewood's walk drew attention to the trail and increased interest in its maintenance. She completed two more thru-hikes of the trail in addition to many other hikes across the U.S. and parts of Canada before her death in 1973.
By: John Feinstein
Baseball fans will especially enjoy this book about minor league baseball. For most professional players, success in the major leagues is fleeting. Many make brief appearances on a major league team, only to be sent back down to Triple A on a whim. Players must be resilient and persistent to endure the endless ups and downs of minor league ball. Feinstein deftly portrays the players and their grinding schedule as they hope for their lucky break to make it permanently on a major league team.
By: Garth Stein
Enzo, an old dog, is the narrator of this enchanting story. Enzo's master, Denny Swift, is an aspiring race car driver. Single when he first adopted Enzo, Denny finds love with Eve and marries her. They have a daughter, Zoe, whom Enzo promises to protect. After Eve dies, Denny is embroiled for years in a custody battle for Zoe with Eve's parents. Through all of Denny's bad luck, Enzo remains devoted and loyal. Readers don't have to be pet lovers to fall in love with this novel.