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Online Extra: Top Ten Reads

Trish Hull is with the Salt Lake County Library and reveals her Top 10 List of great summer books.


Reading Table

Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa M.D. 

They thought he was just a cat. Oscar is a cat with an attitude and no particular love for people. But he has an extraordinary gift. He always seems to know when one of the patients at the Steere House Nursing Home is about to die. He then enters the room and curls up on their beds and spends their last hours with them as if on a vigil. He provides comfort and companionship when people need him the most. Funny, touching and unforgettable.

Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe   

A fresh and interesting present day story with ties to the past. Harvard grad student Connie Goodwin has to clean out her grandmother’s home near Salem. As she struggles with this task she discovers a mystery and has to research her own past and that of Salem in order to find the answers to questions in her own life as well as that of her family. This is a great mix of family, history, genealogy and the supernatural.

A Captain’s Duty by Richard Phillips   

Subtitled: Somali pirates, Navy SEALs, and dangerous days at sea.

It reads like an action thriller, but is the true story of the Maersk Alabama, the US flagged cargo ship carrying food for the World Food Program that was boarded by armed Somali pirates in April of 2009. The captain was captured and held captive for 5 days before being rescued by US Navy SEALs. This true life adventure captures you and keeps you hanging on, even though you know how it ends. A great guys read but women will enjoy as well. One of the few happy ending stories coming out of the treacherous waters around Somalia.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson   

Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?.  A delightful novel, you fall in love with the characters from the first page.

 

Whistling Dixie in a Nor’easter by Lisa Patton  

Leaving her beloved Memphis to help her husband's pipe dream of running a Vermont inn, southern belle Leelee Satterfield discovers numerous unanticipated challenges and is forced to apply her southern-style wits in the wake of a cruel swindle. You will fall in love with Leelee from the very first sentence.

Untraceable by Laura Griffin  

When one of her clients vanishes for real, PI Alexandra Lovell, who specializes in helping people disappear and begin new lives in safety, turns to the Tracers, an elite team of forensic scientists, and a sexy detective for help. Exciting and romantic thriller, great for a summer beach read.

The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato  

Leonara Mannin goes to Venice to enhance her skill as a glassblower and learn more about a mysterious ancestor. Switching between modern-day and seventeenth-century Venice, the reader becomes involved in an intriguing mix of history, mystery, art, romance and politics.

The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb     

When a mysterious letter lands in Hallie James’s mailbox, her life is upended. Hallie was raised by her loving father, having been told her mother died in a fire decades earlier. Now she travels alone to a remote island to uncover a past she never knew was hers in this modern ghost story.

 

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The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb     

When a mysterious letter lands in Hallie James’s mailbox, her life is upended. Hallie was raised by her loving father, having been told her mother died in a fire decades earlier. Now she travels alone to a remote island to uncover a past she never knew was hers in this modern ghost story.

 

Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey   

Detective Inspector Darko Dawson is sent from the big city to the village of Ketanu to solve the murder of a young AIDS worker. The investigation reveals more of the secrets from his past and also of the TROKOSI- a system where young girls are sent to live with fetish priests in order to bring good luck to their families. A fascinating story of African culture past and present.

 


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