Summer Reads 2019

GREAT SUMMER READS (or, if you’re like me, *listens* on Audible)! WHAT ARE YOURS?!?!?

“Where the Crawdads Sing” (Delia Owens) just finished this superb novel. Gripping and great, get it!

“Of Mess and Moxie” (Jen Hatmaker) Authentic, Christian, and crunchy. Says for *any* woman, but really geared toward moms.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (Rebecca Skloot) Gritty, phenomenal true story behind the woman who gave a most important gift to science. Not for the squeamish. Leaves you with healthy questions about medical research.

“Educated” (Tara Westover) Exceptional memoir of growing up in poverty without formal education and excelling in academia. Amazing story.

“The Very Worst Missionary” (Jamie Wright) Hilarious and thought-provoking view on missionaries and the church in general. Bad language throughout. Author doesn’t understand theology, but gets people. See my expanded review.

“True Crime Addict” (James Renner) Story of author’s obsession with a real-life mysterious disappearance and how it affects his life. If you’re on webslueths or other internet crime solving forums, this appeals.

“Holding: A Novel” (Graham Norton) Yes, THE Graham Norton. This mystery novel is so superbly written that I question the singular author presentation and wonder at the ghost writers in the room. BUT, it’s a terrific tale with colorful characters and clever twists and turns.

“Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” (Cheryl Strayed) You are on this journey with her, and you are rooting for her!

“A Girl Named Zippy” (Haven Kimmel) PRECIOUS and hilarious stories of growing up in the 1960s/1970s in Indiana. (Ms. Kimmel is a current resident of Durham, NC and sometimes hosts writing workshops.)