Summer Reading List 2017


A Gentleman in Moscow
Author: Amor Towles

A-Gentleman-in-MoscowOne of the best books I’ve every read.
— A. Sutherland




10% Happier
Author:  Dan Harris


After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had propelled him through the ranks of a hypercompetitive business, but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.

Author: Fredrik Backman

BeartownBackman’s new novel is set in a backwater Swedish town whose glory days are gone—except when it comes to hockey. In Beartown, hockey is everything, and the players on the boys’ A-team have god-like status. But this isn’t just a hockey story. One night after a huge win, the teens throw a raucous party to celebrate—and what happens there splinters the community. Imagine Missoula meets You Will Know Me, and you’ve got it about right. Part coming-of-age story, part community-in-crisis, completely fabulous. (And I don’t care a bit about hockey, so that’s saying something.) Heads up, readers: triggers abound. If you’ve read and enjoyed Backman in the past, you’ll recognize his skillful prose, but not the tone: this novel bears none of the whimsy of his previous work. Review by: Modern Mrs. Darcy


This Is How It Always Is
Author: Laurie Frankel

This-is-How-It-Always-isHands-down, one of the best books I’ve read in a year (or five). This is a story about a family that, years ago, started keeping a little secret. And, as secrets tend to do, it became bigger over time, implicating all the family members in its keeping, until it felt like the secret was keepingthem. I fell completely in love with Rosie and Penn, gained insight into a situation I thought had nothing to do with me, and had complicated feelings about the resolution. This is a terrific novel about an endearingly quirky family forced to make an impossible decisions. That title? It comes from the idea that parents frequently have to make terrifyingly important decisions about their kids with not enough information even though the stakes are enormous. If this sounds good to you, do NOT read the flap copy! Just pick it up and start reading—you’ll be glad you did.
Review by: Modern Mrs. Darcy


Dreamland Burning
Author: Jennifer Latham

Dreamland-BurningThis well-crafted YA release smoothly bridges the divide between present-day Tulsa, Oklahoma and the little-known race riots that occurred there during two terrifying days in 1921. During renovations of 17-year-old Rowan Chase’s historic family home, a skeleton is unearthed in the backyard. The police don’t care who the bones belong to, but Rowan sure does. Unbeknownst to her, this skeleton links Rowan with another teen, Will Tillman, who lived in Tulsa nearly a hundred years ago. Latham flips back and forth in time, between two teens facing their own kinds of crossroads, to give her readers a page-turning history/mystery mash-up, as her young protagonists wrestle through issues of family, friendship, identity, and belonging. I read this in an afternoon—I couldn’t put it down.
Review by: Modern Mrs. Darcy


I Found You
Author: Lisa Jewell

Jewell is a master at the kind of domestic suspense that has you reading “one more chapter” till 2 a.m. Her latest hooked me on page 3, when a man is found on the Yorkshire coast, with no memory of who he is or where he came from. Miles away in Surrey, a new wife is worried that her ever-punctual husband has been missing for hours. These events are intimately connected, but nothing will make sense until we figure out what really happened on one fateful night back in 1993.
Review by: Modern Mrs. Darcy