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Check out the following booklist to see what to read over the summer! The call numbers for the Greenwood Branch are listed, but you can click on the title and author to view all copies in the catalog.

 
 
 
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Call Numbers: Fiction - FIC BACKMAN; Large Print - FIC BACKMAN; ebook; eAudiobook 
This debut novel was translated from the Swedish and published in the US in 2014, but it’s on this list because it’s one of the best novels I read this year. Ove is the meanest, crankiest old man in his neighborhood, but there’s a reason. He meets his new neighbors when the man (an incompetent) backs over his mailbox, and the man’s chatty wife insists on sending him casseroles. They break through the emotional wall Ove has built, and the impact affects the whole neighborhood.
 
A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
Call Numbers: Fiction - FIC HASHIMI

Set in modern-day Afghanistan. Zeba has been a good wife to Kamal for twenty years, so when he’s found dead with an axe in his skull, her children can’t believe she killed him. Kamal’s family firmly believe she’s guilty and demand retribution-her death and the marriage of her daughter into their family. Zeba is imprisoned where she meets and joins a sisterhood of women who are being protected from honor killings by their families. Hashimi gives us an eye-opening look at the lives of modern Afghan women in this moving novel.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Call Numbers: Fiction - FIC SEE; Large Print - FIC SEE
See introduces us to Li-yan, a woman whose tribe is tied to the land and the growing of tea. Although she is supposed to follow in her mother’s path and become a midwife, Li-yan works hard at school, hoping for a chance at greater opportunities. When she falls in love and becomes pregnant outside of marriage, she wraps her newborn daughter in a blanket with a tea cake and leaves her at an orphanage in the city. The child is adopted by an American couple, and taken to California where she grows up as Haley, loved and privileged. Fans of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan should enjoy this one.
 
Nonfiction
Call Numbers: Non Fiction - 612.002 CASSIDY
Paul Doherty, senior staff scientist at San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum, and Cody Cassidy present of series of macabre scenarios and tell us what would really happen and how we would die. It’s a fun introduction to anatomy, physics, etc. that appeals to adults as well as teens.
 

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