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Between semesters is a golden time to do what you don’t have time for during the regular semester, read something that YOU pick! Stumped over what that should be? Here are some suggestions from the staff of Kirkwood Library Services. Since people will be scattering with classes finishing for the semester, we haven’t limited it to books in our library collection. Look for them here or in your local public library.

“We’re in the middle of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. If you’re just going to read one book about it, read The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and it will make you want to learn more.”
– Steve Sickels, Reference

“One year over Christmas break I read the Chronicles of Narnia and it was great.  It was so nice reading something that was such an easy read.  I also like reading Sue Grafton’s alphabet series.  Those are intense and clever.”
– Shelley Schultz, Technical Services

“I’m going to suggest The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. This is by the author of the Anne of Green Gables series, but it is truly such a funny book that I tend to laugh aloud no matter where I am when I read it.”
– Sarah Uthoff, Reference

“I’m reading Conspiracy in Camelot: The complete history of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Jerome Kroth. I have read many books on the John Kennedy Assassination but feel this is a worthwhile book and even learned more things about the assassination.  With it being the 50th anniversary this book would be a good one to read as it shows many theories and shows much research done by the author.”
– Pat Schabo, Circulation

“I’m reading Ready Player One by  Ernest Cline. Are you a child of the ’80’s? Or just really into pop culture- especially video games? This book is a must read! Follow our hero Wade as he escapes into the virtual world of Oasis and enters a contest with the most amazing prize imaginable…
– Jennifer Bishop, Reference

I will recommend The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. This book will make you laugh and cry. The narrator is a dog, named Enzo, whose owner, Denny, is a professional race car driver. You will experience the triumphs and tragedies of life all through the very astute eyes of a canine.
Sue Miller, Access Services

Julie Petersen, Reference, couldn’t pick just one.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Everybody should read this classic book and see this movie at least once in their life.  The novel takes place in southern Alabama during the Depression. It covers three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch – the narrator of the story – her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus.  The book covers the arrest and trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. This is a story of race, class, justice and growing up.”

End of Your Life Book Club  by Will Schwalbe -This is the true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close.  The mother has cancer and as she’s going through her treatments, she and her son build on their passion for reading by suggesting, reading and discussing books.  Their list jumps from classic to popular, from poetry to mysteries, from fantastic to spiritual. The issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as everyday topics such as expressing gratitude and learning to listen.”

Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver – This is the first in a series of mystery thrillers featuring quadriplegic ex-cop and forensic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and his sidekick policewoman Amelia Sachs.  The villain is a serial killer who models his crimes on ones he finds in a book on criminal life in old New York. There are some gruesome details of the murders in this book.  If you don’t mind that, this is a good, entertaining read.”

“I’d recommend The Family: Three Journeys Into The Heart of the Twentieth Century. This is the story of one extended family. One branch came to America and started the Maidenform Bra company. One branch went to Palestine and participated in the creation of modern Israel. One branch stayed in Europe and faced the Holocaust.”
-Kathy Bopp, Technical Services