Best idea for staying cool this summer: READ

Summer reading suggestions from the staff of the Briscoe Library

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

Recommended by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

“I love the main characters in this book… Major Pettigrew, the English widower with the stiff upper lip, and Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani widow shopkeeper.  These two with little on the surface to make them compatible, find companionship and love in the English countryside.  In a  way, the book could have been written by a 21st century Jane Austen.  A great summer read if you are looking for interesting characters and great prose writing.”

Ice Station Zebra, by Alistair Maclean

Recommended by Ken Wise, Access Services Library Assistant: “because you asked for something cool…”

“The atomic submarine Dolphin has impossible orders: to sail beneath the ice-floes of the Arctic Ocean to locate and rescue the men of weather-station Zebra, gutted by fire and drifting with the ice-pack somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. But the orders do not say what the Dolphin will find if she succeeds — that the fire at Ice Station Zebra was sabotage, and that one of the survivors is a killer!”

Dogs: A Natural History, by Jake Page

Recommended by Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

“Dogs are amazing creatures, as everyone who loves them knows.  Jake Page writes about the wolf-dog connection, and about the co-evolution of dogs and human beings going all the way back to before the dawn of recorded history.  Where did the first domestic dogs come from?  How did they get to be the dogs they are today?  How do dogs see the world? What do they think about us?  This bookis full of  interesting and useful information, yet you will feel like you are ‘wasting time’, in the best sense of the word.”