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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer Books for the Solitary Soul

If you prefer an afternoon with a book to the more social aspects of summer – barbecues, pool parties, etc., NPR’s Maureen Corrigan has gathered a few recommendations for a Book Party for One: A Loner's Summer Survival Guide (thanks to WHYY’s “Fresh Air.”) Summer, she writes, “is an especially trying time for those of us who'd rather stay indoors and read a book.”

The one nonfiction book listed below is “filled with such marvelous facts and anecdotes; they'll arm you with a supply of handy conversational tidbits should you have to socialize.” As for her fiction choices, she believes “they are so absorbing they'll give you the moral courage to draw the curtains, crank up the air conditioning and ignore all unwelcome invitations.”

Here are a few available at the library:

Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man by Mark Kulansky

Crusoe’s Daughter by Jane Gardam

The Red House by Mark Haddon

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