NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Summer vacation is a great time to catch up on reading that you might not have had time to do during the rest of the year. But it can be hard to decide which new book to pick up. Luckily, librarians from Northborough and Southborough have come up with a list of suggestions.
For those who want to read stories that take place locally, Southborough Library Director Jane Cain suggests "Summerland" by Elin Hilderbrand, a drama set on Nantucket. Those who like hard-boiled mysteries can sink their teeth into "The Whole Lie" by Southborough author Steve Ulfelder. In this story, the owner of a Framingham auto repair shop finds himself in the middle of a scandal involving the Massachusetts gubernatorial election.
Fantasy fan will enjoy Tad Williams' "War of the Flowers," which Cain calls "well-written and long." In this story, the lead singer of a struggling rock band becomes sucked into a fantasy book — literally — and enters a new world.
For teenagers, Northborough Teen Librarian Sandra Stafford says, "There's a lot of dystopian stories in young adult fiction now." She suggests "Divergent" by Veronica Roth, which takes place in a dystopian Chicago where 16-year-olds are forced to choose among several factions.
She also recommends "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green, about a young terminal cancer patient who meets and falls in love with an amputee at a support group.
For those who are more interested in nonfiction, Cain suggests "No Surrender: A World War II Memoir" by James J. Sheehan and "There's No Toliet Paper ... on the Road Less Traveled," a collection of travel humor and adventure edited by Doug Lansky.
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