Adult Summer Reading Suggestions

A yellow raft in blue water

Michael Dorris.

Historical Fiction

Moving backward in time, Dorris's critically acclaimed debut novel is a lyrical saga of three generations of Native American women beset by hardship and torn by angry secrets.

Diving into darkness : a true story of death and survival

Phillip Finch.

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction, Biography

On New Year's Day, 2005, David Shaw traveled halfway around the world on a journey that took him to a steep crater in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa, a site knownnbsp;as Bushman's Hole. His destination was nearly 900 feet below the surface. On January 8th he descended into the water. About fifteen feet below the surface was a fissure in the bottom of the basin, barely wide enough to admit him. He slipped through the opening and disappeared f...

Kingdom River

Mitchell Smith.

Science Fiction

Sam Monroe is the reluctant commander of a tough-minded warrior people living in what was once northern Mexico. Flanked on the northeast by the Kingdom River, a vast, trade-driven nation that replaced the southern US, and on the northwest by the Khanate, an empire of nomads who swept down the west coast under the rule of the Great Khan, and pressured on the South by the Inca, Sam's people cling to a precarious, hard-won freedom. Aware that the Kh...

The chains that you refuse

Elizabeth Bear.

Fantasy, Science Fiction

A new collection by one of the most popular and prolific authors of the last few years covers a wide range of material, from time travel to cyberpunk to contemporary fantasy. Twenty stories and two poems, originally published in high profile places like and Asimov's.

Cruising for murder

Susan Sussman, with Sarajane Avidon.


When the curtains open on Morgan Taylor's second adventure, the Chicago actress is Restless, capital R. Hard at work for eight months starring in "Rent," the run has been good, but grueling. Between Morgan's growing boredom and the fact that her year-old relationship with homicide detective J. Roblings is going almost too well, Morgan's got an old-fashioned case of cabin fever. Add the harsh snowy weather and it's more than one showgirl can bear....

Bog child

Siobhan Dowd.

Historical Fiction

Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she's been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the mad world around him - his brother on hunger-strike in prison, his growing feelings for Cora, his parents arguing over the Troubles, and him in it up to the neck, blackmailed into acting as courier to God knows what, a little voice comes to him in his dreams, and the mystery of the bo...

The Endurance : Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition

Caroline Alexander.

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction, History

In August 1914, days before the outbreak of the First World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. Weaving a treacherous path through the freezing Weddell Sea, they had come within eighty-five miles of their destination when their ship, Endurance, was trapped ...

Water dogs : a novel

Lewis Robinson.

Literary Fiction

The author of the acclaimed story collection "Officer Friendly" pens his first novel, a work that explores the issues of trust and loyalty between two brothers and the delicate patchwork of family.

Dark water rising

Marian Hale.

Historical Fiction

A poignant coming-of-age novel set during the Galveston Storm of 1900 I looked south toward the gulf, trying to keep an eye on the stalking sea. Wild waves rose up like a great hand and wrenched loose the Pagoda's long staircase, sending planks tumbling through the air. With horror I watched the end of one twin building sway and dip into the surf.I yelled at Josiah, but my words disappeared on the wind. I grabbed his arm, pointed, and we stood to...

Blue Mars

Kim Stanley Robinson.

Science Fiction

The red planet is red no longer, as Mars has become a perfectly inhabitable world. But while Mars flourishes, Earth is  threatened by overpopulation and             ecological disaster. Soon people look to Mars as a refuge, initiating a possible interplanetary conflict, as well as political strife between the Reds, who wish to preserve the planet in its desert state, and the Gr...

Shattered shell : a Lewis Cole mystery

Brendan Dubois.

Mystery, Thriller

Lewis Cole--a man with a mysterious past and a thirst for justice--encounters deadly dangers along the New Hampshire seacoast in winter.

The river of doubt : Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey

Candice Millard

History, Biography, Nonfiction, Action/Adventure

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait,The River of Doubtis the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth. The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its wate...

A thousand shades of blue

Robin Stevenson.

The water's fine, but Rachel is in way over her head.