Fairfield University DiMenna-Nyselius Library’s List of Great Summer Books


Fairfield University DiMenna-Nyselius Library’s List of Great Summer Books

Memorial Day is Monday, which means summer is near. Here, librarians from the DiMenna-Nyselius Library share some of their favorite books. Consider them great bets for terrific summer reading.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker (2012) . A tale of love, mystery and resilience set in Burma starting in the 1950’s until today. Recommended by Nina Peri, Digital Collections.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (2013) . Fast-paced and inspiring story of the determination, drive, endurance, trust, sacrifice and teamwork by the eight-man rowing team of the University of Washington who beat all odds to win the 1936 Olympics in Berlin by six tenths of a second. Recommended by Joan Overfield, University Librarian.

The Burgess Boys (2013) and Olive Kitteridge (2008, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), both by Elizabeth Strout . You can take the boy out of Maine, but you can't take the Maine out of the boy – no one does New England family angst like Elizabeth Strout! Recommended by Jackie Kremer, Reference Department.

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work edited by Mason Currey (2013) . Work-life balance is always tricky to master, so it is fascinating to read about the ways that famous historical creators – artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, and more – structured their days. Recommended by Brooke Duffy, Reference Department.

Divergent by Veronica Roth (2011) . A young-adult dystopian novel, set in Chicago, this is a story of thrilling choices and hard consequences. The novel is the first in a trilogy, and is now a movie to rival Hunger Games . Recommended by Christina McGowan, assistant University librarian.

Holding on Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore by Linda Leavell (2013) . This is the first major biography of this American Poet. A review in Choice Magazine notes: “This biography is honest, elegant, and circumspect, not controversial or confessional.” Recommended by Keith Stetson, Collection Development Department.

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (2012) . The story of a relationship in dictionary entries: earnest, human, beautiful. Recommended by Hayley Battaglia, Circulation Department.

Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (2013, Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction) . Author Dan Fagin seamlessly weaves together aspects of history, technology, ecology, medicine, and community to tell the story of one of the most harrowing of realities a townspeople can face. Recommended by John Cayer, Interlibrary Services Department.

You're Not You by Michelle Wildgen (2007) . In this novel, Bec, an adrift college junior, takes a job caring for a woman with ALS. They form an interesting, complex relationship that forces Bec's life into focus in unexpected ways. Great writing and a very moving story. Recommended by Curtis Ferree, Reference Department.

The Financial Lives of the Poets: A Novel by Jess Walter (2009) . The hilarious plot of this novel serves as a commentary on contemporary life and will have you laughing out loud at times. Recommended by Joan Clark, Reference Department.

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